• "Share The Road"?

    by  • March 29, 2011 • Traffic Control • 3 Comments

    A bit of Tuesday morning contrarianism from our friends down in Baltimore:

    Abandon ‘Share The Road’

    …The “Share the Road” message doesn’t work. It’s time to abandon it….[in favor of the “Bike May Use Full Lane” sign]…

    And this is not a unique complaint. Other folks have also complained that the “Share The Road’ sign is too vague, is easily misinterpreted and “Bike May Use Full Lane” is much better. But maybe the problem is not with the words; maybe the problem is the situation:

    Cyclists Shouldn’t ‘Share The Road,’ They Should Have Their Own

    …As long as we continue to allow our streets to be dominated by cars, we need to go the extra mile — or thousand miles — to ensure that everyone who isn’t in a motor vehicle at any given time is still able to move freely around the city. Separated infrastructure, like sidewalks and cycle tracks, are necessary if a car-oriented city is to be navigable by unarmored humans. Some day, I hope we don’t need them. Until then, I hope we build them as well as possible.

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    Sometimes words – even really good ones – just aren’t enough.


    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

    3 Responses to "Share The Road"?

    1. November 4, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      A couple of other good links (also on Baltimore Spokes but I’ll point to the original)

      Share the road sends mixed messages by NHTSA http://www.aaaexchange.com/Assets/Files/2011511161280.ShareTheRoad_NHTSA.pdf

      Is it time to retire “Share the Road”? by Washcycle http://www.thewashcycle.com/2011/05/is-it-time-to-retire-share-the-road.html

    2. March 6, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Share the Road: erase the letter “e” and add “ing”.

    3. March 6, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      P.S….and “Sharing the Road” is for All bonafide Public Right-of-Way users to cooperate respectfully with each other.

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