Don’t ride like this drittsekk
How lucky are you?
In a follow-up to last week’s bike basics 101 from Grist, the online-magazine recently posted (Grist) this Norwegian public service announcement from Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s Share the Road campaign. If last week’s was an example of the exemplary, this is the certainly the opposite.
Lesson? As the author at Grist points out, “Bilister og syklister både kan være totalt drittsekker.”
A few weeks ago here on MyWHaT we highlighted the League of Michigan Bicyclists’, What Every Michigan Bicyclists Needs to Know (Do you have a copy yet?).
Here’s an Oregon version of what you need to know from ODOT, with the theme, “Ride to live, Live to ride.” (PDF) I wish it wasn’t called a survival guide, as biking is inherently safe, but the guide is friendly and instructive.
New legislation: Right-Hand turns
I also notice that Oregon allows simple right-arm extension to signal a right hand turn–something many of us do anyway–but in Michigan the legal signal is an upward bent left arm. That may soon change, thanks to a House Bill 4866 introduced by State Rep. Anthony Forlini (Macomb) that would make it a legal alternative for someone on a bike to signal with their right arm.
The bill is on its way to the House Transportation Committee, which is chaired by Traverse City’s Rep. Wayne Schmidt. If this is something you support, please consider sending a short, friendly email in support of holding a hearing on the bill to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How is the riding in your community? As riding a bike becomes more an accepted norm, have you noticed a difference in driver behavior?
Ride safely. Stay upright. Breathe easy.
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