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Old 11-15-05, 12:10 AM
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Educating Drivers

So I got fed up with all these motorists around LA who yell "Get on the side walk" or "Get off the road". It was happening at least once a week, sometimes daily for me.

What I did last week was I printed several copies of this page:

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21202.htm

And I specifically highlighted section (3). I folded each copy up, and put one of them in my pocket. Today was the first day I was able to give it out.

Some guy yells at me, "Get off the road!" And zips by within inches of my elbow. At the next red light (I don't know WHY he had to speed up for a red light). I calmly say "I am allowed on this road, read this!" and take out the printout and toss it into his passenger seat, and take off.

Educating ignorant drivers...one at a time.
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Old 11-15-05, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by worker4youth
So I got fed up with all these motorists around LA who yell "Get on the side walk" or "Get off the road". It was happening at least once a week, sometimes daily for me.

What I did last week was I printed several copies of this page:

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21202.htm

And I specifically highlighted section (3). I folded each copy up, and put one of them in my pocket. Today was the first day I was able to give it out.

Some guy yells at me, "Get off the road!" And zips by within inches of my elbow. At the next red light (I don't know WHY he had to speed up for a red light). I calmly say "I am allowed on this road, read this!" and take out the printout and toss it into his passenger seat, and take off.

Educating ignorant drivers...one at a time.
You do know he likely didn't read it
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Old 11-15-05, 06:43 AM
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Waste of paper.

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Old 11-15-05, 06:53 AM
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Great idea. If no one tells drivers what the law says, they sure won't learn it on their own.


My employer had 5000 of these printed for cyclists to hand to motorists who tell them to "get off the road" or "get on the sidewalk". It's a two-sided card. Here's the other side. It easily fits into a jersey or shirt pocket (3.25" x 4.25").

Any Georgia resident wanting one (or more) can PM me with name and mailing address and I'll send it to them. We'll even pay the postage.
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Old 11-15-05, 07:46 AM
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Side A and B are in conflict. Side A says two riding abreast is not allowed, Side B says it is.

Am I missing something?
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Old 11-15-05, 08:23 AM
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I suppose if drivers actually gave a sh** this might help.

I'd like to see more bike lanes and signs posted. This is more of a 'driver awareness'.

I have found if it comes from me...the cyslist...it is less effective. Something less confrontational, like a 30'x50' billboard might have more of an impact!
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Old 11-15-05, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by eubi
Side A and B are in conflict. Side A says two riding abreast is not allowed, Side B says it is.

Am I missing something?

Side A says "MORE THAN 2 abreast is not allowed" ...read it again.
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Old 11-15-05, 02:37 PM
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I printed and carry some of these with me:
http://ddot.dc.gov/ddot/frames.asp?d...ation_card.pdf

Good for DC area folk.
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Old 11-15-05, 04:09 PM
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Around several of the more popular MUPs in Dallas there are signs along the road that say something to the effect of "Bicycles allowed on roadway." I'd like to see these up all over town.
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Good luck with that. Really. I'm not hopeful. I had a schoolbus driver--with kids aboard--chase me for several blocks blowing his horn and having a tirade out the open doors. I ran a red light, after comming to a full stop and yielding to all traffic, at a loooooong 5 way intersection. My new personal fav.
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Old 11-15-05, 04:31 PM
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Funny, I don't seem to have many problems with Los Angeles drivers. What neighborhoods do you ride in?
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Many drivers don't even follow the rules of the road as it applies to them, let alone knowing what the rights of a bicycle are.
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