On the September 4th episode of Scientific American’s “60-Second Science” podcast, Karen Hopkins reveals the results of a recent survey done on the perception of cyclist’s rights on the road. The study was conducted by George Hess at the Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. Researchers administered a quick survey to 1,800 volunteers and the survey showed them one of four images: a “share the road” sign, “bicycles may use full lane” sign, an image of a white, painted, bicycle on a paved road, or a street with no signage. They then asked them several questions about their feelings on bike etiquette. The results revealed that the participants were more likely to recognize cyclist’s rights when seeing the “bicycles may use full lane” sign. Strangely, the image of the traditional “share the road” sign had the same effect on participants as the image without any signage.
“Bicycles May Use Full Lane” Signage Communicates U.S. Roadway Rules and Increases Perception of Safety
George Hess, M. Nils Peterson