I see more of them each day, and can no longer let their message go unchallenged. I'm talking about the bumper sticker that says "Watch Out For Motorcycles!" Perhaps you've seen this, or one of its variants?
These are typically displayed on cars (not a lot of bumper on a bike, you see) by, I imagine, people who ride bikes and want us all to be ready for when they happen to be on their steel steeds. "Make a note for later" kind of thing.
What bothers me is the supposition behind the message. Because it puts the onus for safety on the wrong people.
The translation of this sticker message is: "Because I have chosen a method of transport that provides very little protection for the human body, I want to make my own safety your concern. It's not just transportation, of course. I love the freedom of the open road on an open hog. Which is why I also don't bother wearing a helmet. Which is, by the way, also your concern."
These safety-conscious people are the ones, by the way, who seem to think there's a lane in between other vehicles.
This biker bumper sticker is the 20-years-on equivalent of the once-ubiquitous "Baby On Board" sign. That was a load of fun, wasn't it?
It's as if we're all supposed to take notice and straighten up our driving act pronto when we see one of these "warnings" that there may be children or motorcycles on the road. Try to keep the road rage incidents to a minimum. You know, cut back on the freeway shootings and that.
I don't know, maybe I just can't take people who wear black leather clothing on 90 degree days and swallow bugs seriously.