Happy Presidents’ Day everybody.
Thanks so much for the feedback on my proposal to abandon the Share the Road message. The Spokesmen also talked about this on last Saturday’s podcast (and please go listen — they do a good job discussing several different issues).
To clarify, I share the road where appropriate. I prefer wide lanes. I enjoy well designed paths. But there are situations where the road is simply too narrow to share.
And in my part of California, those roads are exactly where communities often install “Share the Road” signs. Last Friday, I mentioned two populations with different views on “Share the Road” signs — cyclists and drivers. How about a third population: traffic engineers? To them, perhaps “Share the Road” means “This road is too narrow to share.”
This (non standard) “Be Courteous Share the Road” sign, for example, is a couple of hundred yards from my home. It depicts a car sharing space alongside a bicycle but is posted on a lane that is too narrow for safe sharing.
Steve Magas the Ohio Bike Lawyer also discussed his views on Share the Road signs last September.