I'm no fan of the share the road sign either, but the graphic's text describing the impact of these signs is manipulative and dishonest. Ambiguous? Absolutely. A form of oppression? Ridiculous.
Rueben, perhaps you could explain just why you aren't a fan of the 'Share The Road' signage?
I'm also mystified as to the interpretation. Around my area, the symbol above the "share the road" is more often a motorcycle. That interpretation applied to motorcyclists is a real stretch. Actually, it is just as much a stretch to apply it to me or other savvy cyclists.
I'd prefer no sign at all to the Share the Road diamond sign. More than once, I've had a motorist pull up next to me when I'm waiting at a stop sign or light and tell me that the sign means that I should "share the road" by moving into the gutter. With the bike icon on the sign, it's not an unexpected interpretation.
One of my favorite bicycle signs are the ones I see in Nacogdoches, TX. There are several of them on US 59 - the main drag through town. It is the traditional Green "Bike Route" sign. The kicker is that they added below the standard sign another that says "On Sidewalk". No wasting of magic paint here. They should have just posted a sign that said "Bicycles - "Road For Cars Only". Funny thing is that Nac is a great town for cycling - there are many parallel routes with little or no traffic that run the length of the town. The level of misunderstanding is sad.
Tim saith: "Funny thing is that Nac is a great town for cycling - there are many parallel routes with little or no traffic that run the length of the town. The level of misunderstanding is sad."And getting worse, thanks to BFAs: 'Bicycle-Facility Advocates'.
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