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Riding a Motorcycle in California Just Got Safer Hot

sharetheroadSome of the best roads in are in California, and now the California Highway Patrol has started a campaign to make riding a motorcycle safer. The CHP has put up over 700 signs along Californian roadways saying "Share the road, look twice for motorcyclist."

“The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, along with many thousands of motorcyclists, applaud the California Highway Patrol, the Office of Traffic Safety and CalTrans for recognizing the importance of motorcycle safety and for utilizing this very effective medium to promote highway safety,” said Robert Gladden, the director of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in The United States.

“We hope that the overwhelming positive response we have received will encourage more motorcycle safety messages like this to be displayed in the future.”

California is one of the only states that allows lane splitting for motorcycles. Maybe the sign should read, "share the road, look twice for large cumbersome vehicles that frequently change lanes without signaling."

What do you think? Will the 700 plus motorcycle awareness signs have an effect on the way people drive?


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0 # david scott isabelle 2010-02-24 01:48
not until laws are passed and strictly enforced to prohibit cellphone use. every time i see a cager doing something that could cause me and my bike to wreck (happens more often than it should here in az.) he or she is on a cell phone 99% of the time. the signs are a nice effort but laws need to be passed that bring heavy fines and jail time in order to force drivers to be courteous and share the road safely with motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians and even that won't change things much. considering the laws in most states grant the pedestrian the "right of way" yet i've noticed most drivers have little regard for that fact.
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0 # Yvonne McAvoy 2010-02-24 02:19
I would like to see the statistics on how many motorcycle accidents and deaths are a direct result of distracted drivers and electronics.
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0 # Terry B 2010-02-27 00:49
And if you believe it will, you are only fooling yourselves.
People are driving as if they are the only people on the road..
Too many are on cell phones, reading books or playing on their computers while driving, Yes! while driving! I've seen it!
Funny to think people will read the sign and even give it any thought!
Funny thing is the sign in Sunny CA, and yet I was almost forced off the road a CHiP near Bishop CA a couple years back, because he was in such a hurry to get around me, park and shoot me with his radar gun!

Just my cynical view!

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0 # pittsburgher 2010-04-13 22:29
Someone driving would have to actually READ a sign as well as understand and obey it. Never gonna happen.
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0 # richman 2011-05-23 17:58
putting up a sign isnt gonna help if it isnt enforced
we have load pipes cuz people claim they dont see us(if the cellphone was down, makeup was put away eyes and hands were paying attention to driving and not towards others in the,handjobs etc.) u would see us!!! not seeing uas is a cop out...
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0 # Chris W 2011-07-02 11:10
"We need loud pipes," "it's those damn cagers' fault!" You guys make us bikers sound like a buncha whiney babies.

Yeah, a lot of people driving cars do dumb things - get over it already. Half the car/motorcycle accidents I've seen are at least partially the bikers' fault: didn't brake in time, lane splitting at high speed, etc. etc. It's called defensive riding / basic skills practice. We need to assume that EVERY driver will do EVERY stupid action, whether it's a sudden lane change to pulling out of a driveway without looking, while blabbing on a cell phone, drinking coffee and yelling at their kid in the back seat at the same time, then, decide how to avoid them.
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