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Old 05-30-10, 10:11 AM
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wentToJailCyclingJersey

I got t-boned by a car whose driver didn't have a license and was also driving an uninsured vehicle.
I rolled off the hood and landed on the asphalt ending up with a separated shoulder requiring surgery. The judge gave him 6 months in jail. Luckily I have my car insurance for compensation for damages. I've been commuting for the past 3 years with no mishaps. Now, I've developed a certain attitude and I would like to create a cycling jersey that says in bold lettering written on the back:
WARNING!
THE LAST GUY WHO
HIT ME WENT TO JAIL.
Since I'm a graphic designer, I could really make this pop.
My only concern is that it would be too offensive? Or would I be stoking the passions of those drivers who think that cyclists don't belong on the road.
How would you think this message would come across?

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Old 05-30-10, 10:43 AM
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Would probably come across as a challenge.
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Old 05-30-10, 11:37 AM
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I kind of dig the idea.
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Old 05-30-10, 11:55 AM
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Do it.

...and put me on your mailing list for when its available. Seriously.
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Old 05-30-10, 11:59 AM
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Oh...and it would piss some off and make others laugh and few more take notice. The ones who would get angry are probably the most ignorant you will find. They probably don't know whats right or wrong for how a bike is to be ridden.
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Old 05-30-10, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by CyciumX View Post
They probably don't know whats right or wrong
That part is my opinion.
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Old 05-30-10, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by NiteRyder View Post
.....WARNING!
THE LAST GUY WHO
HIT ME WENT TO JAIL.
......

Well, its better than 'hit me, I need the money!

I think though it would be better to publicize the outcome in other ways. A nice article in the newspaper might help.

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Old 05-30-10, 03:16 PM
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I think a 'Hit a cyclist, go to jail' shirt would be less like a challenge. Then put a list of names under it of people who had gone to jail for hitting a cyclist.
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Old 05-30-10, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by benjdm View Post
I think a 'Hit a cyclist, go to jail' shirt would be less like a challenge. Then put a list of names under it of people who had gone to jail for hitting a cyclist.
Seconded. This also lets people know that it's not just a one-off.
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Old 05-30-10, 04:43 PM
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When I was young, my Uncle went to a National Park, and he came back from Colorado with a Tee-shirt as a gift for me. I don't know how much he paid for it, but they sell Tee-shirts at gift shops in National Parks.

It said, in bold , capital letters, across the back:

GO CLIMB A ROCK

I wore that Tee-shirt like 2,585 times. Hey, I might have helped rock climbing become popular!
It had a National park insignia on the left front breast, but the main part of the tee was on back.
In fact, I had my Uncle buy me another one, on a subsequent visit to the park, because it was getting worn out.

I say GO FOR IT. Tee shirts with the message on the back is the best way to communicate with motorists, (You might even see some of them getting "teed-off, hee hee hee...)

Yes, the message on the back of the tee is a good idea. I like your slogan, and I would wear one, even though it wasn't me who got hit. We need to think of other slogans, no wait, "HIT A BIKE - GO TO JAIL" is good...

NOTE: I only wear shirts that have a breast pocket for my pen and lighter. But the message is on the back, so it doesn't matter.
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Old 05-31-10, 01:30 PM
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I like your idea.

I wonder what if it is legal if you printed "POLICE" across the back of your shirt?
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Old 05-31-10, 01:47 PM
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I like the idea, except there are motorists out there that could get bumper stickers that said "I ran a red light, killed a cyclist and didn't even get a ticket"
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Old 05-31-10, 01:55 PM
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"Go for it, I need your money"
"10 second delay or 5 months jail time - you pick"
"Can you see my camera?"
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Old 05-31-10, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by radshark View Post
I like your idea.

I wonder what if it is legal if you printed "POLICE" across the back of your shirt?
Whoa! We have to draw the line somewhere, and that idea will get you in trouble, it's called "Impersonating a Police Officer". No-go on that.
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Old 05-31-10, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by radshark View Post
I like your idea.

I wonder what if it is legal if you printed "POLICE" across the back of your shirt?
Only if you put "SUPPORT" in really tiny letters above it...

Something like this:

SUPPORT
POLICE
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Old 05-31-10, 08:20 PM
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Actually we were having a discussion at work, another cyclist and I, about the 3 foot passing laws (which Indiana is sadly lacking) and we came up with a rather brilliant idea.

I'm pretty sure If I was cycling with this Jersey on (from https://sharethedamnroad.com)


with this slung over my shoulder (Legal in Indana, although likely to make you popular with law enforcement)


I'd get all the space I needed as motorists passed. Either that or we'd have miles of cars backed up behind me unwilling to pass.
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Old 05-31-10, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Absenth View Post
Actually we were having a discussion at work, another cyclist and I, about the 3 foot passing laws (which Indiana is sadly lacking) and we came up with a rather brilliant idea.

I'm pretty sure If I was cycling with this Jersey on (from https://sharethedamnroad.com)


with this slung over my shoulder (Legal in Indana, although likely to make you popular with law enforcement)


I'd get all the space I needed as motorists passed. Either that or we'd have miles of cars backed up behind me unwilling to pass.
I love it! I have considered strapping a shotgun to my back to increase the distance the carcissists give me when passing, but yours is much more impressive. It might be a bit of a bother on hills though.

When I was moving between houses in town a few years ago, I had some garden implements in one hand on one of the trips. I noticed that on roadways where I am typically given inches of space I was being given several feet. I think the car-critters only notice something if it qualifies as a threat. Holding a large shovel and hoe made me a threat.
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Old 05-31-10, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by electrik View Post
"Go for it, I need your money"
"10 second delay or 5 months jail time - you pick"
"Can you see my camera?"
Ever since I dual mounted my GoPro cams... I make it a point to look at anyone and everyone I deem a threat. Does not matter if they are on or not. Once I make eye contact - NO ONE - comes near me.
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I like the idea, but I think to make it more than a "challenging" statement, you could make it more progressive by including the web address of your favorite bicycle advocacy group, or your city's/town's traffic laws regarding bicycles- NOT that people will immediately log on and look it up (motorists...let's hope not!!)...NOT that motorists will read it, take note and visit the site when they get home...NOT that motorists will even be able to read the fine print of the web address...Really, it's just so the jersey is constantly "doing" something. Your original caption is great for when riding, but how about when you stop by the grocery store, and the person behind you in the checkout line is faced with the back of your jersey? In that case, perhaps the web address becomes more effective (their eye having been drawn to it after seeing the ...err...bolder statement).


Ha! I also really like "Can you see my camera?". Helmet cams should come with that jersey.
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Old 06-08-10, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Absenth View Post
Actually we were having a discussion at work, another cyclist and I, about the 3 foot passing laws (which Indiana is sadly lacking) and we came up with a rather brilliant idea.

I'm pretty sure If I was cycling with this Jersey on (from https://sharethedamnroad.com)


with this slung over my shoulder (Legal in Indana, although likely to make you popular with law enforcement)


I'd get all the space I needed as motorists passed. Either that or we'd have miles of cars backed up behind me unwilling to pass.
Lol. It's funny when you see other people posting pics of you. Im wearing that jersey in the pic.

Here, we made one just for you:
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Old 06-11-10, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by benjdm View Post
I think a 'Hit a cyclist, go to jail' shirt would be less like a challenge. Then put a list of names under it of people who had gone to jail for hitting a cyclist.
You could put a car or two underneath the text, something like this:



Maybe your victory symbol could be a nervous guy trying not to drop the soap?
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