I too rode 40 miles here in Eastern PA. I must say I don’t share your sentiment (pun intended) on the sign. These signs are being replaced with signs indicating that “Bicycles may use the entire lane” which makes drivers aware that bicycles don’t have to get out of “their” way in order to “share” the road. Trust me, I know that it sounds nice to share, but if I’m eating my piece of pie, I might not like having to share it. The share message indicates an obligation to give something up. The newer message just tells it like it is. It clearly informs what the law says is legal for cyclists on public roads.
CyclingRoberto: The share message indicates an obligation to give something up.
Exactly. It says to drivers that they must give up part of the road to cyclists, including allowing a safe margin when they pass. It also says to cyclists that, being much slower vehicles, they should make it as easy as they safely can to let cars pass. This means riding as far right as conditions allow, not “using the entire lane”. Sharing means accommodating one another to make the experience safe and pleasant for both.
Delaware has decided to replace, “Share The Road,” signs with ones that inform motorists that “Bicycles May Use Entire Lane.” PA and MD are doing the same. The League of American Bicyclists recommends using the ENTIRE lane, not staying as far as right as possible. Staying right invites unsafe passing. A motorist should cross over the mid-line completely into the oncoming lane to pass safely. Anything else is too close.
I commuted today. We’re heading to some really cold temps later this week with the high of 15. This morning it was 34. I have 55 miles left to make my year goal so I gotta get this!! Rode 40 miles yesterday and 20 on Saturday. I’m learning the right gear for the cold. Feet are still an issue. I think I have the rest figured out.
I rode today 50 miles from Key Largo to half way to Key West. 83 degrees!!!!! I am from west central Wisconsin and the temps there are about 6 degrees. My wife did not make the trip and is not happy when I report the daily temps. Tomorrow we will go the rest of the way to Key West with three nights there to get ready for our trip back. Great winter riding!!!!
Rocker, I like the way you do your winter riding, In Florida! I rode 40 miles on Sunday in NorCal in the “bone-chilling” temps between 40 and 45 deg! I have no idea how someone straps on the shoes when it is 7 degrees in snow, ice and bitter, bitter cold. My hats off to you!
Yesterday rode 53 miles to Key West. Temps in the low 80’s. I hit a grove in the pavement and went down. Broke the mirror on the bike and have a little road rash but otherwise everything OK. My wife who is home in WI said maybe I should have been riding my trike!!! Best winter riding I have ever done!!!