When biking down the street with parked cars, I always try to look ahead and see if there is a human in the car. If there is a human, I try to always make sure that I can clear their door.
I saw a human in a parked car the other day while riding, and cleared the car right when the woman swung the door open (which, if I had been riding closer to the right, would have nailed me). Right as I wizzed by, she went ‘oops!’.
OOPS? LADY YOU COULD HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY HURT ME. How about checking for oncoming traffic before swooping your door open?
But hey – as a cyclist, we need to be the observant ones.
So this sign is to remind :
1. Drivers to glance in their rear view before kicking open the door
2. Cyclists that riding too close to parked cars is dangerous
But what I really like about this sign is the exclamation mark. I mean really? We all know that means the cyclist is swearing at the driver.
Oops, my a$$.
Or could that exclamation point mean something else? What do you translate it as?
By the way, this sign is part of an awareness campaign in Seattle. woot!