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Old 07-12-13, 05:30 PM
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Bicycle Billboards!!

A vancouver entrepeneur has started a company with mobile billboards, including a bicycle billboard.

http://www.mobilecommotion.com/bicycle_billboards_.html


http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/07/v...ile-commotion/

Discuss!!

(Personally I wouldn't like it: wide, takes up too much space on the cycletrack/bike lane. I sure wouldn't want to ride one on a windy day. But capitalism/consumerism shall endure!)
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Old 07-12-13, 06:32 PM
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What a demeaning job - replacing a stick of wood to hold up a sign.
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Old 07-14-13, 10:34 AM
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Annoyed the feck outta me in Cork because that billboard/trailer was taller than me and the majority of the pedestrians and blocked a good portion of the view of the opposite side of the street. On the other hand, when he moved it he was riding it in the street and so not running over any pedestrians, and no car on Patrick St. was going to be moving faster than a bike at any time. As a business idea I could appreciate it, there aren't US-sized billboards available in parts of the city so making a smaller one which could be moved around made much more sense. And if he could pedal that thing in the river valley and the funneled winds it caused, anyone can pull a sign anywhere.
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Old 07-14-13, 04:18 PM
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I hate mobile billboards altogether, whether bike, truck, sandwich boards/sign dancer. They just add clutter to the landscape...they're a form of visual pollution.
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Originally Posted by Bike Rat View Post
I hate mobile billboards altogether, whether bike, truck, sandwich boards/sign dancer. They just add clutter to the landscape...they're a form of visual pollution.
Precisely.
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Old 07-14-13, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
What a demeaning job - replacing a stick of wood to hold up a sign.
I disagree. Just because it doesn't meet your (or my) employment standards, doesn't make it demeaning. As the saying goes...it's honest work. Some might even call it smart...getting paid to bike compared to us doing it for free.
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Old 07-18-13, 04:16 PM
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Talk about that being demeaning, I saw a young lady with a sign reading" Hot N ready" referring to a pizza place!!!!
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Old 07-18-13, 07:13 PM
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Luckily they haven't brought his ignorant idea to my area....though it would be entertaining to watch one of these guys get caught in a nice strong sea breeze down at the beach. We have enough sign spinners and waving clowns in my area, that this would just be too much.

Advertising agencies are becoming desperate, because they are rapidly being overtaken by online companies that can do the job better, cheaper, and get the message out to more people in a much shorter amount of time.
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Old 07-19-13, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Bike Rat View Post
I disagree. Just because it doesn't meet your (or my) employment standards, doesn't make it demeaning. As the saying goes...it's honest work.
Just because it's honest doesn't make it non demeaning.
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Old 07-19-13, 08:24 AM
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Advertising agencies are becoming desperate, because they are rapidly being overtaken by online companies that can do the job better, cheaper, and get the message out to more people in a much shorter amount of time.
I doubt it has anything to do with the internet. It's just a scheme for bypassing local sign ordinances. If you were to hold up the same sign with a stick of wood, they'll make you take it down or they'll fine you. Replace the stick of wood with a human and it becomes "freedom of speech."

Anybody know how the riders are paid? My bet is they're listed as "independent contractors" with no injury or liability insurance protection.
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Mobile billboard/trailer. http://www.extrawheel.com/en/3/mobile_billboard/

can also be a picket sign to ride around and let them know what the story, really is.

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Originally Posted by Bike Rat View Post
I hate mobile billboards altogether, whether bike, truck, sandwich boards/sign dancer. They just add clutter to the landscape...they're a form of visual pollution.

And air pollution and a waste of fuel. I never understood those things. Are they just driving around or are they making deliveries? If does driving around, it seems like a awfully expensive and wasteful way to do advertising.

At least the bike billboard guy is doing it green and getting some exercise to boot. Mike not actually be a bad way to earn a couple of extra bucks.
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Originally Posted by Bike Rat View Post
I hate mobile billboards altogether, whether bike, truck, sandwich boards/sign dancer. They just add clutter to the landscape...they're a form of visual pollution.
Agreed.

I dislike most advertising in general as it is. The last thing I'd be in favor of is MORE advertising.
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Old 09-05-14, 12:25 AM
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Bicycle billboards, not a bad idea. One of the key locations where you can get people’s interest is on the road. After all, consider how typical it is for individuals to be trapped in visitors at a red mild or even on the road.

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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
What a demeaning job - replacing a stick of wood to hold up a sign.
Nothing demeaning about riding a bike around.

However, spending that much time in high traffic places where there are lots of people, carrying a trailer around behind you could be wearing, as well as having to ride in all weather conditions. But it would be an alternative to bike messengering for people who don't want to ride so hard.

Locally it might be tough. There's really only one place to do it where people are out, and trolley tracks down the center of the lane.
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Too much junk to sort through to actually figure out what it is about on the first link.

2nd link, which I would guess to be an article about it, I only read the headline and got to the first picture. If this is about a billboard, why did they post a picture of just a nice looking girl on a bike? Where's the billboard in that picture? I don't see it
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Advertising agencies are becoming desperate, because they are rapidly being overtaken by online companies that can do the job better, cheaper, and get the message out to more people in a much shorter amount of time.
Wait, people actually click on internet ads? Besides, I'm pretty sure those internet ads are put out there by ad agencies...

Honestly, I think we are just reaching advertising saturation. Consumers are desenitized to ads. Look at pics of downtown Tokyo and such where every spare spot is full of advertising. Folks just walk on by because the ads are a part of the landscape. Honestly, even when I do see a funny or imaginative ad it doesn't sway me. I get a free chuckle and carry on my business.
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Originally Posted by Bike Rat View Post
I hate mobile billboards altogether, whether bike, truck, sandwich boards/sign dancer. They just add clutter to the landscape...they're a form of visual pollution.
Yep. But this makes more sense that the stupid car billboards. That just seems like a waste of fuel.
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maybe less so if the sign pays for the car & the user is not going anywhere the wouldn't anyway ..

but advertising is a leech sucking money up and doing zilch.. but pushing money upwards..

and its tax deductible, so every one else has to pay , business name on car used for business gets some write off .
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maybe less so if the sign pays for the car & the user is not going anywhere the wouldn't anyway ..

but advertising is a leech sucking money up and doing zilch.. but pushing money upwards..

and its tax deductible, so every one else has to pay , business name on car used for business gets some write off .
Yeah, it gets the cost of the sign as a write off. You don't get to write off driving the car as "advertising" unless the driving of the car is in another way related to the business, in which case would be a write off regardless of the signage.
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Originally Posted by Bike Rat View Post
I hate mobile billboards altogether, whether bike, truck, sandwich boards/sign dancer. They just add clutter to the landscape...they're a form of visual pollution.
Absolutely. Not to mention a huge distraction for drivers. Obviously these companies are not showing too much concern for the motorists and the safety of the cyclists that are pulling these monstrosities.
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Unless there's a Vancouver England, she's riding against traffic.

Who's the intended audience? Pedestrians?
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We sold our souls to the corporations a long time ago. But I think bike billboards are better than paying good money for a cycling jersey with someone's products on it and riding around wearing it for free.
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