Let's get BikePgh specialty license plates!

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jonawebb
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This came up on another thread — we can get Bike Pittsburgh license plates! Bike Pittsburgh could sell them and make money! To make this happen:
1) Bike Pittsburgh would have to apply for them: http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/license_plates/specialty_plates.shtml
2) Someone would have to do a design for them. Lots of folks here have graphics skills, some are professionals, so I’m going to just insert images of existing designs:



I know we can do better. Let’s do it!

  • This topic was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by  jonawebb.

AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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I think a message (such as those illustrated above) would be more effective than just promoting the organization. IMHO.


jonawebb
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@Almklm, that’s the idea. The plates would say something like ‘4 feet please’, and would be sold through Bike Pittsburgh.


melange396
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im in for one!


ejwme
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this is a really great idea… do we know who applied to those other states for those plates?


Vannevar
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The folks at the Ohio River Trail Council (which will extend from Coraopolis to Monaca, then Rochester-Beaver and west around to Midland) have just gotten this plate approved and are mailing application forms to their members:

On the one hand, there’s the “sleeping with the enemy” thing, but on the other hand what a great way to extend to message into another audience.

Major, major downside for the plateholder who acts like a jerk to bicyclists though. (probably never happen).


gg
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I like this one from Florida. Of course most of Florida is a very tough place for cyclists. Also, I prefer the idea of a plate that is more about sharing the road and not specific to Pittsburgh only, but whatever it is, it is better than no bike plate.


Vannevar
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So, using the same State of Pa standard template:

(I like the FLA one a lot, too)


Benzo
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I think vanity plates are just confusing. Plates should not be able to be customized at all and in standard look/feel for each state, there should also be no numbers which are hard to differentiate, such as 1 and I or 5 and S. Make it super easy to identify the plate number, isn’t the the whole purpose?

No special dealer plates, cop plates, veteran plates, save the environment plates, cancer awareness plates.


Benzo
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Why not just make some bumper stickers instead?


jonawebb
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@benzo, specialty license plates could raise money for Bike Pittsburgh and, I think, are a more prominent way to spread the message that bikes have a right to be here than bumper stickers. They would also increase the visibility of Bike Pittsburgh in the community.
Here’s an example, based on Van’s:


gg
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jonawebb wrote:@benzo, specialty license plates could raise money for Bike Pittsburgh and, I think, are a more prominent way to spread the message that bikes have a right to be here than bumper stickers. They would also increase the visibility of Bike Pittsburgh in the community.
Here’s an example, based on Van’s:

That gets my vote. Simple and to the point! Great!


Benzo
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I’m just opposed to specialty plates, or anything that makes licence plates harder to read than the standard plate from a distance. Too much variation in plates makes it hard to ID the actual plate number and associated state.

I’m really not opposed to a bike-pgh plate if we’re going to have specialty plates, but I don’t think specialty plates should exist at all.


edmonds59
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Aww, but then people couldn’t get those black “War On Drugs” plates or whatever those black ones are. (*Sarcasm*)


melange396
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i rescind my request from before — i dont want a bikepgh plate, i want a “war on the war on drugs” plate


cburch
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this

melange396 wrote:i rescind my request from before — i dont want a bikepgh plate, i want a “war on the war on drugs” plate


salty
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I always assumed anyone sporting a war on drugs plate was doing so ironically. I think they all end in 420.


edmonds59
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I like the railroad-y ones conceptually, but as a functioning license plate they are the worst.


StuInMcCandless
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The Flagship Niagara plates are arguably the worst specialty plate design. Parked, standing 10 feet behind one, I found it difficult to make out the letters. White-on-white, what were they thinking?

On a larger scale, the font used on PA plates does make it difficult to discern various letters: W-M-N, C-G-O-0, S-5, a couple others. Other states’s plates are so much easier to read.

As to a specialty plate, I would not buy one, since I am rarely in the car, and my wife would be the one who would have to deal with any anti-bike people, which are ridiculously easy to find in a suburban church parking lot. So, no.


ErinK
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I would buy this, especially if it had a 4′ rule statement on it. Pittsburgh Ultimate (“frisbee”) did this several years back but I was waiting for the numbers to get up to the number I wanted (they started with 1) and then I decided I didn’t like them enough any more….

But I also would buy a bumper or window sticker right now! We really need to help educate people about the 4′ rule. I’ve thought about hanging a sign on my back when commuting, but that’s just too dorky.


RustyRed
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ErinK wrote: We really need to help educate people about the 4? rule. I’ve thought about hanging a sign on my back when commuting, but that’s just too dorky.

I need opinions: Would this be too dorky?

It’s a reflective/safety vest that came with a plastic ‘incident command’ slot where one could slide a “CSI” or “SWAT TEAM”, etc…placard.


buffalo buffalo
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I’ve been wanting to make something from that sign template, but with ‘Please’ struck out and ‘It’s not a request, it’s the law‘ written under… but maybe that’s just me.


Marko82
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^ it’s less dorky than what I usually wear.


mjacobPGH
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I would definitely get one. The 4 Ft Design is perfect.


buffalo buffalo
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StuInMcCandless wrote:On a larger scale, the font used on PA plates does make it difficult to discern various letters: W-M-N, C-G-O-0, S-5, a couple others. Other states’s plates are so much easier to read.

I saw one yesterday from (I think) Ohio that was a mix of 8s and Bs, clearly designed to be confusing… I was surprised the DMV let them get away with it.


Drewbacca
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Marko82 wrote:^ it’s less dorky than what I usually wear.

I think that self-awareness cancels out “dorky.” At that point, it becomes… ironic?


buffalo buffalo
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great, now i’m imagining Marko in jean-shorts and hipster mustache. thanks, drewbacca.


Drewbacca
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My mission, here, is accomplished! :)


Vannevar
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Saw this today. Turns out, the owner is Peggy, one of the founders of the original incarnation of Golden Triangle Bikes.


jkp1187
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I like the idea. I’d get one, but I’d rather have a Bike Pittsburgh logo than the “4 feet” logo.


jonawebb
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“Share the Road” license plates are coming: http://www.legis.state.pa.us//cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=H&SPick=20150&cosponId=15483

“It is my intent to introduce this bill and hereafter refer to it as the David (Dave) Bachman Act in memory of a PennDOT employee who has since recently passed, but served the Department with distinction as the first Bike/Ped Coordinator for many years.”

PennDOT had a Bike/Ped Coordinator? Who knew?

I really don’t like the “Share the Road” signs but I guess the intent is more clear on a car’s license plate. Or maybe not. Anyway, depending on the art, this might be worthwhile.

OK, here’s some info on Dave Bachman: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/07/penndot_bicycle_coordinator_sa.html
“Goal in life: to bicycle 100,000 miles.” “He was very quiet and humble.” “He worked almost solo in a very car-centric bureaucracy.” Well…
Also: Sara’s post on his passing: http://bikepgh.org/mb/topic/dave-bachman-former-penndot-ped-bike-coordinator-rip/


jonawebb
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It turns out the legislation to create these plates was “laid on the table” last July. http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2013&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=1415
Does anyone know if there are plans to reintroduce the law? Any idea on its chances?


pfzamora
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Hi! I am moving to Pittsburgh in a couple of weeks and I googled: ‘share the rode license plate Pennsylvania’ and ended up here. Are this plates available? Thanks!


buffalo buffalo
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As a matter of fact, the “Share the Road” plate legislation was reintroduced this session as HB 150; the bill finally passed last month, and was signed by Governor Wolf last week as Act 36 of 2016:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/BillInfo.cfm?syear=2015&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=150
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/li/uconsCheck.cfm?yr=2016&sessInd=0&act=36

The Act is effective in 60 days.


edronline
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Has it been designed yet?


pfzamora
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Cool! Thanks!


edronline
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How are these going to be offered? there seems to be 6-7 plates offered by the state along with the plain plate. i.e., you get these 6-7 plates directly from the DMV by paying more. Then, there are the non-profit group affinity plates. There seems to be 100s of those, but you order directly from the group and the DMV sends you the plate. I assume this Share the Road plate will be the former, not the latter.


rice rocket
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Aww, but then people couldn’t get those black “War On Drugs” plates or whatever those black ones are. (*Sarcasm*)

Those were the best, black plates look great on black cars.

Now they all look like garbage, and low and behold…everyone stopped buying DARE plates.

Does this coincide with the increase in heroin epidemic? Someone bring back them back.


J Z
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“The Pennsylvania Share the Road registration plate became available on August 8, 2016. All proceeds from this plate will help fund the Department’s Bicycle & Pedestrian safety efforts as well as highway infrastructure signage for bicyclists with the purpose of wayfinding and/or safety. To apply for this registration plate, please complete Form MV-917, “Application for Share the Road Registration Plate.””

http://www.dmv.pa.gov/VEHICLE-SERVICES/Registration%20Plates/Special-Fund/Pages/default.aspx


jonawebb
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