- Jul 5, 2009
I would like to see the author extend his testing to include blinky lights, even during the daytime. I think they would be more useful for being noticed.Stingray34 said:Flouro clothing doesn't help, according to this study
Great quote here: “It’s about remembering that we are all people. At the end of the day there are people who are aggressive on the road… whatever mode of transport they are using. Most of the people you see on bikes on the road will also drive cars at some time,”
As always, the comments section is illumanitive. Thanks everyone for the input. I have a long piece in development on this, hope to post soon. I'd love to hear more from cyclists in non-English speaking countries where the aggro is less felt. Thank you to Le Breton for your input in this regard.
Edit: and red headed dane! Sorry if I've left you out...will make amends!
Colors that provide the most contrast with background colors are best for being noticed, and that usually isn't fluorescent colors.
Cameras are good for seeing who is at fault and having a confrontation on tape would be good, but it's too bad they don't do anything for keeping a cyclist from getting creamed. Having lettering on your jersey that says "you're being recorded" would probably make drivers defensive and incite anger against cyclists in general.
As ironic as it sound, I find it helpful to listen to music with earbuds while riding. It's easy to pull them out when approaching a heavy traffic area. But most of the time I feel it's best not to hear startling noises like people yelling, honking, or a large truck "breaking the sound barrier" when riding into a headwind. It's easier not to react to something that you're not aware of. Ignorance is bliss. I spend very little of my riding time in heavy traffic areas, so if someone is honking, it's most likely for malicious purposes.