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Originally Posted by Kai Winters
The rider has to be more aware...nothing will help when a careless driver is concerned.
Incorrect blanket statement. There are situations wherein it is a huge help to have an attention getter. As an example, in order to make a legal left hand turn to get to my commuting destination every morning, I have to take the sidewalk on the left side of the road (I've already been busted by a cop for hanging a left from the street's center lane, which is apparently illegal in that specific context). I could stay on the right side of the roadway and go down to the next light, but that means going through 2 very busy on/off ramp intersections, on a notoriously dangerous highway. Done it, and it's far more dangerous than taking the sidewalk, because eventually I have to cross over two lanes of high volume traffic. This is not a smart thing to do in a crowded southern CA metropolis. When I take the sidewalk, I have the option of using the signal to my advantage, but that means going against the flow of traffic, and motorists don't look left when zooming out, even when they see the walk signal light up. Even though I have the right-of-way, it would be awesome to get someone's attention with an airhorn. Despite rdtompki's wisdom from above, I notice that most of the drivers in this situation do not have their music blaring so loud that a 100+db horn would not be heard. Some do, and I can hear their music, but most don't.