LETTER: Bikers, fly a flag for safety

I have a simple idea which could possibly save many injuries and maybe even deaths. With the season of motorcycles and bike riding
Commentary
May 19, 2010

 

I have a simple idea which could possibly save many injuries and maybe even deaths. With the season of motorcycles and bike riding upon us, I was thinking that why couldn't it be possible to have a high flying flag on the back of each of them. Years ago, I saw a group of bicycle riders go by with flags on them and it was a great attention-getter, besides a safety issue.

At night it is very hard to see cycles coming at you or behind you, but if they had a colorful or iridescent flag flying slightly above them, it would get your attention and make the car driver more cautious. I was driving one night on a dark highway and saw something with three large headlights coming at me, and was distressed because I had no idea what it was until it passed me. If that bike rider had a flag blowing in the wind, I am sure I would have been fine as well as cautious!

Maybe making and selling flags could be a non-profit project, a cottage industry, for someone with money-making sense. Maybe individual motorcylce clubs could have a special flag. The flags would not have to be too big, but high enough to be an attention getter. They could be any color or design, shape, etc. Maybe it is too late for this summer to get the flags flying, but someone could get it going for the next bike riding season -- and hopefully save lives and injuries.

Joan Kessler

Sandusky