After spending a lot of time away from Boston traveling in the fall I was greeted by a new road stencil upon my return to commuting by bike, check it out -
It used to be just the bike dude, who is wearing a helmet as far as I can tell, but now we have the "No Excuses" addition. I'm a fan of wearing a helmet so I did not need the encouragement, but it made me think about road responsibility. After riding over the stencil, I asked myself the question, "If the government is asking cyclists not to make excuses, why is the government not asking motor vehicle operators not to make excuses by painting fancy stencils on the roads that apply to them?" After all, close to 40,000 people per year in the U.S. are killed in motor vehicle accidents. One web site notes that there were 618 bicycle deaths in the U.S. in 2010, but my guess is that most of those were because of a collision with a motor vehicle.
Here are some of my suggestions for road stencils, to be accompanied by "No Excuses," for motor vehicle operators. Readers are encouraged to comment with their own ideas/thoughts.
An order of french fries
A giant mobile phone
A compact disc
A cup of coffee