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Friday, 02 May 2014
An insincere warning?

My cynicism tells me that people are just plonking ‘Cyclists beware’ stickers on their vehicles in order to absolve themselves of their responsibilities as drivers. 

It also reminds me in a way of those ‘baby on board’ stickers that became popular a few years ago: Should we all be a bit reckless when there is no ‘baby on board’ sticker on the back of the car in front?  Should cyclists slap a warning on their back saying ‘Motorists: Beware of overtaking’?  On the one hand it would make sense, since cyclists are seldom themselves to blame when they are involved in a collision with a vehicle. But where will this thinking take us: everyone driving/cycling/walking around with warnings?  I think it’s rather silly, but that seems to be the trend: for example the fad that insists that cyclists should wear high visibility clothing (despite the fact that dangerous drivers don’t react to the high visibility clothing).

If I am being overly cynical, then the warning isn’t insincere, it’s just pithy.

Posted by bigblue on 02/05/2014 at 04:11 PM
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