Andy, over on Carbon Trace, wondered about getting honked at here. I've also seen other blogs ponder honking including the excellent and hilarious video of honking geese at CommuteOrlando shown here, but I've never seen an organized data gathering effort to establish something beyond mere anecdotes. Being a proactive sort, and being given to experimental cycling, I've decided to begin "THE HONK PROJECT." Actually, this project is pretty simple, though it will involve research for an extended period. Collection of reasonable quantities of data require either very long periods, large numbers of participants, insane amounts of mileage, or really stupid riding. I hope to maintain my sanity without doing anything actually stupid. There's another post that has the initial two honks, shown here. I have to figure out how to improve display, but that'll come. Expect a sidebar link to show up before too long.
It involves collecting relevant information about cyclist and motorist actions relevant to an inappropriate honking event. I was extremely fortunate last Friday to kick things off with not only a honking event, but a rare post-honk interview with the honker. I did not take pictures of the perp, mainly because I was a little irritated at the time and didn't think of it, but I feel that a post-honk interview gives the best quality data. MUCH more satisfying than the "honk and run" motorist.
I figure those sidebars have to be good for something, so I'll keep a running "honk log" there, and I'll update posts when things get far enough along to start to see any interesting trends. For now, remember that if I develop about 400 motorist interactions a day, and get as many as one honk per thousand interactions, it'll take a year or more to see reasonable geographic patterns. Honker patterns, however, might be easier to spot. We'll all have to just wait and see what develops.
WHAT WOULD HELP RIGHT NOW are thoughts on whether the data being gathered covers the main points or not. Clearly, this is not data that can be revisited if we all decide we're not collecting the right stuff.
UPDATE: Thanks for suggestions. An improved collection form now replaces the original one.
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