Cyclist Rorschach Test

These crazy signs have suddenly sprung up all over the place in our neighborhood, on straight stretches of road.


What ever do they mean?


Caution while doing this?...

Circus Act Crossing?....

Or some random cognitive load to get the observer to slow down?

  • Leino Olé 5y

    this thread's been gold.
    i fear the interpretations if you rotated the image 90 degrees more.....
  • Mike Steele PRO 5y

    Look ma, no legs!
  • krstl_blu PRO 5y

    It says, "caution, flying cyclists may be near"
  • Michelle 5y

    Ahaha I'm kind of confused by this.
  • Yellowhammer PRO 5y

    there is an industry in fear
  • Vasudev (Vas) Bhandarkar 5y

    Steve: I too am one of those who's met with a gnarly fate...luckily I was wearing a helmet. Just two broken ribs, a broken front tooth and both forearms and shoulders scraped, many years ago.

    I don't know why it would be safer in France....but haven't experienced this fate in France yet! :)

    The first photo you posted warns of a bumpy road, I suppose. The second one, where it's placed, hope bikers get the message that there's something dire in store for them(us)...

    There's one other sign that's cropped up all over the place to go with the horizontal and angular cyclist signs:
    Share the Road

    ...we were wondering if it means that bikes have to allow cars to pass?

    Great table on dementia from NEJM! Now I wonder if your analysis of the data applies to mountain biking or road biking! The risk of getting hit by a car is lower on mountain bikes, but the risk of rolling over the handle bars or injuring wrists or elbows or shoulders...?
  • Apple Green Amy PRO 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Colour Makes Me Happy, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called BICYCLE & CREATIVITY, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Sidhe Unseelie 5y

    Wow, bd34r is one BITTER old man. Tell me, do you drive 15mph in front of schools, 25 in EVERY residential area even when it's not posted, and stop completely at EVERY stop sign? Well? Do ya?

    ... bull$hit, man, seriously.
  • Steve Jurvetson PRO 5y

    Well, guess what?
    Thanks to y’all, this thread has influenced the town officials to remove the signs!
    And I got one as a souvenir. =)
  • dave halliday PRO 5y

    ha ha........
    The power of Flickr
  • biotron PRO 5y

    heh :) - admit it Steve, all along this was just a cunning ploy to secure that awesomely ridiculous amputation sign.

    for such unswerving support in the face of graphic nonsense, i think the contributors to this thread deserve to be rewarded with a real-life comic enactment of this sign by the new owner, executed according to strict health and safety regulations...

    *drums fingers on table in impatience* ;)
  • Steve Jurvetson PRO 5y

    working on it...
    sproing sproing
  • Vasudev (Vas) Bhandarkar 5y

    Looks like evolution is happening around here! My Father's Day Gift!

    Happy Father's Day!

    PS: FHP Island Bridge I presume! :)
  • vennettaj PRO 5y

    ahm...we were joking...

    lovely thing by TheAlieness

    drona, cool t-shirt
  • zippythesimshead PRO 5y

    he's obviously scuba-cycling
  • dave halliday PRO 5y

    I pushed this button by Hobo Matt

    ?last word in here ?
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  • Piotr Organa PRO 4y

    :o) !

    I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.
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