Sometimes when I see “Share the Road” on signs I think there needs to be a silly cartoon character to go with the message:

Sharing is Caring

Don’t get me wrong, in a world without cycle tracks sharing the road is obviously a necessary thing. But on a sign it’s a little simplistic. It isn’t actually clear what type of sharing is supposed to happen- that’s left open to interpretation.

Sharing is Caring

Perhaps there could be more “Bicyclists May Use Full Lane” signs. We can leave messages about sharing (and squeaky cartoon characters) to the kids.



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[…] A large part of the problem is captured by this Bikeyface drawing. […]


[…] I’ll start with what I see as a huge failure of pragmatics, which is the widespread use of the slogan: Share the Road. This message has many things wrong with it and is criticised very effectively and fully in an article on the As Easy As Riding A Bike blog, but the specific pragmatic failure is captured well in one of Bikeyface’s brilliant cartoons: […]

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