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Community Pace Car Project

A reader from New Zealand recently dropped us a note about a local project they’ve started:

Here in New Zealand our local sports council and cycling bodies came up with the Pace Car concept. Basically you get a black and yellow diamond shape car window sticker with Pace Car on it. By having this sticker you agree to abide by the road rules and be courteous to cyclists (and obey the 1.5 meter rule) and pedestrians. Since putting the sticker on my car, I have noticed a drop in tailgaters, as they must think there is a cycle race in front. It’s a physiological concept, too, since having the sticker on the back window has made me more conscious of my driving habits. Even though you don’t get a fine or even yelled at, it keeps you true to yourself as a cyclist and advocate.

Visit www.pacecars.co.nz for more info.

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  1. JoshoJune 23, 2010 at 4:34 am

    I want one!

  2. jimmyJune 23, 2010 at 11:08 am

    this is awesome. when i do have to drive i always try to go at least 5 miles per hour slower than the posted limit.

  3. Richard MasonerJune 23, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    We have a Neighborhood Pace Car program in Santa Cruz County, California as well. I think it’s a good idea.

  4. crashnburnJune 24, 2010 at 1:07 am

    what a great idea

  5. Neighborhood Pace Cars » CycleliciousJune 24, 2010 at 10:02 am

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