I saw the best jersey the other day! Tour de France yellow, nifty pockets, and a bold, arrow-adorned slogan saying “3 Feet Please”. I loved it. However, lately most of the traffic has been extremely nice about my sharing the road – thoughtful and giving me plenty of space (You know who you are. Hug yourself). They don't need a reminder. The remaining 10% continue to whiz by with inches to spare, often honking loudly enough to startle me into swerving, and often swearing out the window to inform me that my presence on their road is an affront. They won't care about my three feet – my very presence is apparently a mortal offense.
So, as happens on long rides, I envisioned another jersey: “Legally on Road”? Or how about: “State Law-Abiding”? Maybe: “Monitored by Police Camera?” No, that would be false advertising. If it wouldn't slow me down and entangle me with oncoming cars at lights, I'd trail a banner, a lá Jersey Shore: “State Law: I'm Supposed to Be On the Road!! See CT Title 14 Chapter 248, Section 14-286!!” A girl can dream.
While looking up that law so I could tell you about it, I discovered that Connecticut has, as a part of its Safe Routes to School Initiative, launched a "Share the Road" campaign, which among other things enshrined the three feet in state law. I'm thrilled, except that the press release is a month old and I had no idea the campaign was on. If I didn't notice, how to transmit this news to that 10%?
After you've sent the image along to whoever might be interested, check out the “Learn More” link. All the stuff I've been scouring the internet for, neatly collected on a state-run website.
The image I want on my jersey would be: “So Happy Together”. Anyone reading this good at silk-screening?
And because the 3 Feet Please jersey is pretty great, you can find it here.