The three foot law is an unfortunate necessity in almost every state, but it’s one that not everyone truly understands. For the cyclist, it’s incredibly easy to know when the rule has been violated. For motorists though, it turns out that many drivers struggle to judge the distance between their vehicle and cylcists, or simply aren’t paying enough attention.
That need for additional visibility and safety is what drove “chief flag waver” David Storper to create the Take Your Lane safety flag. At this point we’ve seen many home-brew set ups to the same effect, but the Take Your Lane flag includes some useful features so that you’ll actually want to use it…
Designed to be attached to just about any bike, the flag is connected to the chain stay and seat stay of the non drive side with zip ties through an aluminum plate. The kit includes rubber pieces to protect the frame’s finish. To attach to bikes with disc brakes the plate is run on the outside of the stays, and the kit is meant to work with children’s bikes as well.
One key feature to the flag is the ability to quickly adjust it to the vertical position so you can ride on bike paths or trails. The arm is spring loaded and has four positions from 0-90º.
Also, the flag includes a break away feature in case someone actually hits the flag. In that case it will either pop out, or safely break off allowing you to hopefully ride to safety. When asked how drivers react to the flag, David told us that the reaction around his home in Washington, DC has been great. Cars give him a much wider berth since they don’t want to scratch their cars and he claims no one has deliberately targeted the flag with their car.
Completely made in the U.S., each flag weighs in at 13.6 oz (385g) and sells for $39.95.