New Road Signage Directs Motorists To 'Move Over' For Cyclists

A single bike activist, tired of being honked at by motorists as they passed her in a narrow lane, lobbied her small city for a sign directing motorists to "change lanes to pass", and got it. Motorists have since ceased honking and changed lanes.
October 26, 2008, 5am PDT | Irvin Dawid
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"Margaret Pye remembers the honking, shouting and tailgating she endured while commuting home. The bicyclist grew tiresome of the treatment she received from drivers in San Carlos, and fought for equal access to the roads by lobbying city leaders for a unique kind of sign. Instead of 'share the road' signs, which Pye said are ineffective, the city recently installed "change lanes to pass" signs.

Once the sign went up this summer, the honking quickly stopped, she said.

'I believe the motorists understand and do what they're supposed to do,' Pye said. 'I think it's been a significant difference.'

Additional improvements are on the way, including narrowing road lanes to install bike lanes."

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Published on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 in The Examiner
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