Posts Tagged ‘Motorcycle Safety’

When Sharing the Road, How Much Responsibility Belongs to the Motorcyclist?

February 18, 2010

 

Photo courtesy of somewhere on the Internet.

 

 

NOTE 2/19/10 : Here is a link to a story in the San Diego Union Tribune regarding the “Share the Road” freeway signs. Sadly, it looks like I’m kinda right about some car drivers. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why so many drivers have it out for motorcyclists and bicyclists alike. 

I was driving into work this week when I noticed that the digital freeway sign that usually informs me about the minutes I’d spend in the purgatory of traffic that is the 405 south had a new message. This week these signs read, “Share the road. Look twice for motorcyclists.” What a fantastic message I thought, and a good sign that the CHP and CalTrans were reinforcing a warning that we riders have been proselytizing all along.

In fact, the “Share the Road” message showing up on the approximately 700 so-called Amber Alert signs across California is part of a public service campaign by the CHP, the Office of Traffic Safety and CalTrans to promote highway safety by getting drivers to actually look for motorcyclists. Nice stuff.

The pessimist in me had another thought — I bet there were more than a few drivers cruising by, reading that sign and thinking, “Why should I care? These stupid motorcyclists are crazy to begin with and dying is a part of their equation.” I honestly believe that there are those out there who don’t give a flying crap about riders and believe some motorcyclists deserve to die or be injured.

After getting into the office and going through my e-mail, which includes Google news alerts that notify me of news stories containing keywords like “motorcycles” and “honda” and such, my thoughts were confirmed. Again. I have a morbid (more…)

Motorcyclists as Insignificant Windshield Splatters — A Great PSA (and a Poll)

September 21, 2009

I’ve seen more than a few motorcycle safety PSAs (public service announcements) from around the world and I’ve got to say they pack a far more visceral punch than anything I’ve seen stateside. Are Americans too squeamish to see the reality of inattentive driving? I wouldn’t think so judging by the content of much pop culture over the years. (Hostel or Saw anybody?).

Still, I’m wondering if and when we’ll start seeing motorcycle safety messages that aim to shock the driving public into paying attention like this one does.