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Why are there horns in cars?

Old 06-21-10, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
Presumably.

It would still be annoying. If you aren't the one being tooted at, it's just noise pollution and distracting. It's kind of selfish.
It is kind of selfish, but maybe not as selfish as coming to a complete stop in the roadway to chat with your neighbors. It all comes down to how it gets used. I just wish I had some way I could easily communicate positive feelings past the window glass. Waving alone doesn't always work.
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Old 06-21-10, 11:23 AM
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Imagine if this guy honked right behind you...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGYcnYLK_50
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Old 06-21-10, 11:23 AM
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Everyone knows that horns power the streetlights in NYC. If you don't honk, the city will go dark. So if you ever wonder why a car would honk at you from three blocks away at 2AM while you are crossing with the light, now you know they aren't honking at your, they are just doing their civic duty.
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Old 06-21-10, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by sggoodri View Post
It is kind of selfish, but maybe not as selfish as coming to a complete stop in the roadway to chat with your neighbors. It all comes down to how it gets used. I just wish I had some way I could easily communicate positive feelings past the window glass. Waving alone doesn't always work.
In some ways I tend to agree... yes, it is noise pollution... but getting past that for a second, I would at times like to convey a friendly connection, even a solidarity for instance, to a cyclist. There isn't really a good way to do this.
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Old 06-21-10, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by wheeldeal View Post
Imagine if this guy honked right behind you...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGYcnYLK_50
Yeah, some folks ARE indeed just jerks!!!
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Old 06-21-10, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
In some ways I tend to agree... yes, it is noise pollution... but getting past that for a second, I would at times like to convey a friendly connection, even a solidarity for instance, to a cyclist. There isn't really a good way to do this.
I have a Share The Road specialy plate issued by the DMV, and a single bike rack on my roof rack, and sometimes have a BFV magnet on the back (when it doesn't get washed off by the car wash) but I would still like something more conspicuous. I don't dare honk a normal horn, but I'm thinking a bike bell sound would work.

I don't care for using bells when I ride on multi-use paths (I think they might be interpreted as an attitude of impatience toward pedestrians) but on the roadway I think a bike bell sound might be ironic enough to be interpreted in a positive manner reliably enough.

My friend Bruce used to sound a squeaky-duck horn to say hello on group rides; it was very popular.
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Old 06-21-10, 10:10 PM
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Uhh... the same reason why people have bells on bicycles. Is this a trick question?
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