When should I use warning signs for bikes, pedestrians, buggies, or other non-typical highway use?

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There are many warning signs that can be used to alert drivers of bicycles, buggies, pedestrians, ATVs and other non-vehicular traffic crossing or using a highway. Overuse of such signs leads to them being ignored and losing their effectiveness. As such, their use should be limited to locations where interactions are unexpected. Here is a list of the common places where such signs can be useful.

 

 

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Note that these signs are most useful for those not familiar with an area as local drivers get used to sharing the road fairly quickly.

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Resources

MUTCD Section 2C.49 Vehicular Traffic Warning Signs

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Chapter 7 - Traffic Sign Handbook for Local Roads, 2011 New York State Edition, September 2011 (pdf)

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