One encounters lots of interesting things while riding the bike. For example, I saw two deer at 106th and Hazel Dell on Sunday, but they weren’t the usual does or young bucks–these were big guys with eight-point antlers. Neato!
Lots of these sights pass without comment. Another blue heron! A Ferrari! A racing rival riding the other direction! But every once in a while, there’s something worth stopping and recording for posterity:
This caught my eye because of its relation to my friend and BGI mechanic JB Musselman (whose name itself is also hilarious for obvious reasons). So I stopped and snapped it for him.
Also of interest was the following gem that requires a little explanation. Around these parts, the accepted method of informal bike route marking is known as a "Dan Henry:"
You find these all over the roads around here. They’re generally very helpful, except when routes intersect, and then it can be a little difficult to make sure you’re on the one you want. It is also easy to confuse with another common symbol:
Luckily, this confusion only occurs at specific types of intersections.
You also find the occasional attempt to introduce a higher level of artistry to the Dan Henry:
The white symbol above is not uncommon, and it has the same role as a Dan Henry, except more specific: if you have a bike with two disc wheels, and a transparent frame, then you want to go this way. Also: no helmets allowed.
The yellow symbol is far less common, for obvious reasons: most robots don’t bother with a bike route, since they have other means of propulsion. Unfortunately, the artist left their message a little unclear. Does this mean "robots go this way?" "Danger: Robots ahead?" "This route only for cyclists with a robot sidekick?" I lean toward that last explanation, since a cyclist with an invisible bike frame would probably also have access to robot technology.