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Old 12-05-08, 01:07 PM
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Cars in bike lane, stinkbombs, shoe polish

I'm trying to think of non-property damaging ways to show our lack of appreciation for cars that block the bike lane. What are everyone's thoughts on either fabricating some sort of stinkbomb, or (my favorite) using shoe polish to paint a line down the car as you ride by?

I'm pretty sure shoe polish washes off easily right?
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Old 12-05-08, 01:13 PM
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Is it worth the trouble of carrying around extraneous crap when you'll be past that car in a couple tenths of a second?
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Old 12-05-08, 01:15 PM
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Heck, a fair number of bike lane miles here are blocked by snow and will be until April. They take my lane and I just return the favor and keep moving. No drama.
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Been riding in Arlington BD? I've put a sock in the complaining and just taken it as a fact of life. Now the ice on the W&OD this am, that was fun!

Worst area of my commute is in front of Starbucks on Fairfax for the same reason you stated. But to answer your question, shoe polish comes off paint easily unless it's there for a few days. Then it's a beast to get off. On glass, it comes off pretty well

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Old 12-05-08, 01:17 PM
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What really bothers me is around here the landscapers are to lazy to back there trucks into the peoples driveways so the simply park them in the bike lanes with there mowers and tractors parked in the lanes right behind the trucks. These are pretty big trucks and trailers that you cant see around without going all the way out into the lane.......
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Old 12-05-08, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by CastIron View Post
Heck, a fair number of bike lane miles here are blocked by snow and will be until April. They take my lane and I just return the favor and keep moving. No drama.
Around here it is leaf piles then the snow.....
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If you must do something, a friendly generic note that you can stick under the windshield wiper wouldn't be a bad idea.
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Originally Posted by mr jones View Post
If you must do something, a friendly generic note that you can stick under the windshield wiper wouldn't be a bad idea.
that would take too much time.

a bar of soap that leaves a nice white line down the black Mercedes that was double-parked in the bike lane this morning would have been quick and painless.
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How hard is it to write a short note on the computer and print off a bunch of copies...
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it's not hard at all. i never said it was.

stopping and putting a note on someone's windshield "would take too much time" like I said in my previous post.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
it's not hard at all. i never said it was.

stopping and putting a note on someone's windshield "would take too much time" like I said in my previous post.
But stopping to get the shoe polish out and then presumably to deface the car is any better? Unless you're just doing a ride-by.

I have to say as a cyclist AND a motorist, if I saw someone doing something/anything to my car I'd be less than pleased, regardless if I was parked illegally/incorrectly. Yes, I've seen plenty of people parked like morons, both while driving and while biking. I see even more who drive like morons, but I value my life a lot more than making a statement. Fact of the matter is, its hard to tell who's liable to snap and go crazy, and when you're doing something like that to something that costs as much as it does (especially when relatively such a minor inconvenience for you to just ride around) it seems pointless.

BTW - Stinkbombs aren't a "temporary" deal by any means - the odor can remain around for quite a long time and if it gets into the interior it can be a bear to get out. I know. And I'd feel within my rights to physically harm anyone throwing anything into my car, or defacing the exterior. I probably wouldn't but I'd feel as though it was within my rights. If nothing else, this just going to make cyclists look even worse.

Don't get me wrong, I agree, its frustrating, but not enough that anything beyond a generic letter stuck under the wipers (heck, even go so far as to make it look like a parking ticket) is worth the potential legal/physical ramifications.
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Old 12-05-08, 01:47 PM
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Use a prank parking ticket...

https://www.prankplace.com/parking.htm
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I would never do it.

BUT

I have thought about hooking up a paintball gun to my bike. pow pow.
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Water balloon with finger paint in it.
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Go to Target and purchase a small travel-sized container of shampoo...ideally, with a flip-top.

You can easily squirt a glob of the stuff onto a windshield to make a pretty obvious, but non-destructive statement.

FWIW, I've heard of folks who do this as a way of expressing displeasure with a-holes who intentionally take two parking places...not that I would ever admit to knowing anyone who's done that sort of thing.
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Old 12-05-08, 03:01 PM
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Sounds like a good way to get assaulted if you're caught. Hope it's worth it.
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The nice thing about the shampoo in a squirt bottle is that it can be applied very stealthily...at least, that's what I've heard.

The bottle is small enough to be mostly hidden in your hand, and you can shoot a pretty good glob of the stuff about 6-8 feet with enough accuracy for the task.

My, ummm, friend has not been caught yet.
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I have an innovative way for dealing with the problem. I go around the car

You can do this by leaning to the left, and then leaning right again once past the car. Practice in a quiet area using pylons to perfect the maneuver.
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Grow up and get over it. Vandalism is childish. You assume that the driver will understand your nonverbal protest statement. Fact is, they may not have any idea it is connected to their parking in the bike lane.
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We don't have any bike lanes here. It would be easier to just go with the flow. Just be glad that you have them.
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Around here, the cops are more than happy to give tickets for these violations and I'd just give 'em a call. And then cheer them on.
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They're giving you the perfect opportunity to stay out of the bike lane, enjoy!
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Seems childish to me!

A hammer or small sledge would be better!
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I usually just look behind to make sure the traffic's clear and go around..
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Whats a bike lane???
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