Better Cycling Signage in Chester County
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Road signage designed to protect cyclists and warn drivers of potential cyclists along popular cycling routes is seriously deficient in our area. Millions are spent on bike paths and pedestrian/cycling bridges like the one in Valley Forge, but little is dedicated to good (and plentiful) signage where most of us ride. The "Share The Road" sign is out-dated, largely ignored, and too general.
We, as avid cyclists, would like to see more signage that is more cautionary, more informative, and more easily understood by drivers. Signs like "Please give cyclists four feet of space," "Do not pass cyclists on blind corners or hills," "Caution: Cyclists Likely," "Slow Down; Popular Cycling Route," "Expect Cyclists; please pass with care," are all good examples of better signage.
By using heat-maps, like the ones on Strava, we can predetermine the most heavily traveled areas by cyclists, and put the signs where they will be most effective. Having "share the road" signs on roads where no intelligent cyclist is likely to be is just a waste of resources.
Having nothing is worse.
The originator of this petition (Gibbs Tolsdorf) is volunteering to help PennDOT finalize the semantics and graphics of the new signage and also aid in determining the locations where they will be most effective.
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