Saturday, September 3, 2011

PSA: Please fold down your hitch-mounted bike rack, if you can!

You see this Hitch-Mounted Bike Rack thing pictured below? It doesn't look like a dangerous object that could hurt a cyclist traveling towards the trash can, does it? No, it does not! And, as a matter of fact, a cyclist may not run into this one accidentally, especially given we ride to the right; at least those of us who follow the rules of the road. Now, let's move on to the next picture below...
How about now? If you are riding on the path, headed towards that pillars you see in the distance, you could easily run into the bike rack, if you are not careful. I narrowly missed this bike rack this morning.
I believe many of these racks can be folded down, if I am not mistaken. As a service to others, it would be super awesome, if people who have one of these on their trucks could
  1. fold the rack down, if it can be done
  2. tie a red cloth / flag to it, so that you can warn passers-by of its presence
  3. park as far away from the MUP/path/curb as possible
If you have one of these racks and you are reading my post and you are even thinking of doing it, I thank you very much!

Let's all be safe out there and have fun!

Peace :)

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