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I heard about a bike rider who attached a pool noodle to his bike so drivers would give him enough room when they passed. I was having problems getting places safely on my bike as well, so I tried it. I added a sticker that said it was the law to give 3 feet, and then I wrote with a Sharpie, "Thanks! I'm a mom" just to personalize it a bit. Then, I made the sticker that's for sale here and used that on what I call BikeNoodle. I road-tested it for 4 years and had 100% success riding safely with virtually zero incidents of illegal too-close passing or other aggressive driving actions. What's more, most drivers gave me an average of SIX feet to pass, and slowed down to less than 25 MPH to do so. Not only that, but many drivers told me what a good idea it was. Frankly, it was like riding in my own traveling, protected bike lane.

I'm not telling you to do this. I'm not liable for anything that may happen to you out there. (It will not protect you from a distracted, impaired, or intentionally reckless driver.) I just wanted to share my sticker with you, in case you have a use for it. I left a blank so you could write "dad" or "neighbor" or "senior" or "student" or "citizen" or whatever you want. If you want to see what it looks like in action, I’ve tagged some photos and posts with #BikeNoodle on Twitter and Instagram.

If interested, check out my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike (Chapter 6: Noodle Lady is all about this). It is available in both paperback and digital forms from Amazon in all global markets. See my blog at Thank you for your support. All proceeds are used to help more women and girls ride bikes.

Note: I've just added a Shared Street sign. You don't have to wait for City Hall to make your street a little safer!

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