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Hey Everyone.

Ever think when you are riding on the roadways 'there are just too many darn car drivers out here'? Its a bit of an uneasy feeling right? I was thinking the other day about what it would be like if I could know which of the car drivers around me were in fact also motorcycle riders. Cuz you know we make better drivers! Then it hit me. What if there were a universal method, a simple sticker, by which to identify fellow riders in their vehicles?

We may NEVER change non-riders into 'motorcycle aware drivers' BUT if we become 'rider aware riders' we can know who our friends are on the road. This would serve multiple purposes. For the rider we can SEE who the 'rider aware' drivers are and, in conjunction with driver acknowledgement, know we have a teammate on the road to enhance our safety. Ever hold off from taking a left turn across a motorcyclists path because you wanted to protect them from the cagers behind you? Well what were you? A cager also as far as the rider was concerned. Not if you have the sticker in front of your car. That is the other purpose of the sticker. It allows us to maintain the bond we share as riders even when we leave that world and enter our cars.

I don't want to get too long winded here. I just wanted your input and opinions. This is the abbreviated version. You can learn more by looking into Bikers Bond. BTW I am not suggesting to ever let your guard down, I just believe that we can enhance the already fantastic relationship we all share as riders.

Please share your opinions.
 

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A fairly common bumper sticker seen around here is the "Start Seeing Motorcycles" sticker. I'll give a wave to drivers having one of those if I happen to be going by them.
 

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I really like that sticker too...wonder if ILL would share with people that live in other states...I'd like to have a few of them. I think it needs to be a national awareness program!!!
 

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That's cool. Yet most drivers are too oblivious to notice a 900 lbs motorcycle coming toward them at 60mph let alone taking time to read and a sticker they are not interested in. :) The approach I was suggesting was having us as riders being able to identify other riders around us in their cars. Could be a useful tool for us to know that info plus it allows you and I to maintain that connection to motorcycle riders when we are driving our car around.
 

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Hey I like that but I'm rather surprised given the backward thinking of your state. :D
It seems strange, but the People's Socialist Republic of Illinois actually gives a lot of freedom to riders, as well as providing free MSF courses for all residents who want to take one.
 

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Now we are going backwards again...

We have a roadside sign campaign something like "Motorcycles are Everywhere".
 

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It seems strange, but the People's Socialist Republic of Illinois actually gives a lot of freedom to riders, as well as providing free MSF courses for all residents who want to take one.
Thats where/how I got started :thumbsup:
 

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I would think most seasoned riders would be very aware of how they treat fellow riders when confined to a cage. I hate people driving close to me, I usually try to give a bike the right away.
Good thought!
 

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I prefer to be the one following a bike on the highway. I give them room and try to run interference for them. If I see one trying to turn left I also try to give them the right of way. I really do like the Illinois sticker.
 

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krlindy nailed this one. you can tell when a rider is driving their cage by the respect they show your bike. Real riders will hang back a long way if they are behind you, they will cover you if obnoxious drivers are attempting dangerous passing moves, and in CA they will separate from adjacent cars to allow more room for lane splitting. These moves showing courtesy are quite noticeable on the road - when practical I respond with an acknowledgement.

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