Tuesday, July 06, 2010

July seventh

I spotted this van earlier today from across the parking lot. All the stickers and the taped on sign made me curious, so I had to get closer to read them.

There was news about some new provisions to the 3 feet passing law in Illinois today. Apparently they'd added language to penalize motorists who harass cyclists. Ok, all well and good, but like most of the 3 feet passing laws, there's a problematic aspect to enforcement. Unless a police officer actually witnesses the act, it's unlikely a motorist would be penalized. Time will tell.

I thought about those "3 Feet - It's the law!" jerseys that are being offered for sale, and in all seriousness, they strike me as saying "Please don't hit me!" Maybe we should be selling jerseys that say "Too slow? Too bad. Get over it."

Maybe I'll have time for some quick sketches tomorrow. Stay tuned.


Blogger Steve A said...

At least your jersey isn't preachy.

5:16 AM  
Blogger lemmiwinks said...

Biggest problem with a jersey saying "Too slow? Too bad!" etc is that you're not really commenting from a position of strength or safety like the van driver is. Would be too easy for a motorist to buzz you, give you a nudge to "teach you a lesson" or whatever it is that goes through their mind.

5:12 PM  
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5:12 PM  
Blogger Yokota Fritz said...

I'm not a fan of those 3-foot jerseys either, FWIW :-/

In California, cyclists and advocacy groups (from both the PNP and VC sides) have consistently asked legislators not to waste time on 3 foot laws. There's discussion coming up about it again this year; I expect to see it on the legislative agenda again before long.

3:24 PM  

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