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Chalk messages inspire D.C. area cyclists

D.C.-area cyclist Pete Beers sent out a series of fun tweets this week that reminded me of an old advertising campaign.

Years ago, Burma-Shave would post small signs along U.S. roadways — usually short poems to promote their shaving product. This week, along the roadways in the District, someone had scribbled a few little ditties for cyclists. Beers said he’s seen the chalk messages from time to time along bike trails in D.C., Rosslyn and other spots. They always give him a lift.

“It makes me want to get some sidewalk chalk and do some myself,” he said.

Here’s a sampling of what Beers, who commutes into D.C. from his home in Falls Church via bike,  captured this week.

Some of the signs contained handy reminders about bike lane rules:

The inspiring “can-do” message:

Then this:

And finally, this:




Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.



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