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Let's get BikePgh specialty license plates!

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jonawebb

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Apr 10 2013 at 3:30pm #

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!

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AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe

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Apr 10 2013 at 3:51pm #

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


jonawebb

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Apr 10 2013 at 4:05pm #

@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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Apr 11 2013 at 1:00pm #

im in for one!


ejwme

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Apr 12 2013 at 1:53pm #

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


Vannevar

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Apr 25 2013 at 4:35pm #

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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Apr 25 2013 at 4:48pm #

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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Apr 25 2013 at 4:57pm #

So, using the same State of Pa standard template:

(I like the FLA one a lot, too)


Benzo

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Apr 26 2013 at 7:59am #

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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Apr 26 2013 at 8:00am #

Why not just make some bumper stickers instead?


jonawebb

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Apr 26 2013 at 8:28am #

@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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Apr 26 2013 at 8:35am #

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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Apr 26 2013 at 9:14am #

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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Apr 26 2013 at 10:16am #

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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Apr 26 2013 at 2:08pm #

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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Apr 26 2013 at 11:21pm #

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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Apr 26 2013 at 11:39pm #

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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Apr 27 2013 at 7:30am #

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


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 29 2013 at 10:30am #

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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Sep 6 2013 at 3:12pm #

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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Sep 13 2013 at 9:28am #

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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Sep 13 2013 at 10:43am #

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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Sep 13 2013 at 11:51am #

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


mjacobPGH

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Sep 13 2013 at 12:42pm #

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


buffalo buffalo

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Sep 13 2013 at 12:44pm #

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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Sep 13 2013 at 3:40pm #

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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Sep 13 2013 at 3:41pm #

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


Drewbacca

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Sep 13 2013 at 4:19pm #

My mission, here, is accomplished! :)


Vannevar

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May 19 2014 at 4:41pm #

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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May 26 2014 at 6:16am #

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

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