Cyklops on 03:14am 05 Dec 2011 said: "BRIGHTCOLOUR is the KEY.
BE SEEN by CAR Drivers that are changing CD's, looking at SAT NAVS, texting, peering through rainy windscreens, lighting cigarettes, talking to passengers, tuning the radio, eating. Irresponsible Cycling Campaign Posters featuring Cyclists wearing DARK colours, have a look for yourself ?"
That's utter rubbish!
a) How precisely can a cyclist be seen, if the driver isn't even looking out of the windscreen?
b) Or has defective eyesight, or was driving too fast.
c) Bright colours only work when there's adequate UV around, certainly not the case at night.
d) If drivers cannot see, they shouldn't be driving. If they can't see at night, they shouldn't drive at night.
e) it is not irresponsible to wear dark colours.
f) Good, road-legal lights and reflectors should be quite sufficient. If they aren't, then the driver must have been doing something wrong.
Drivers are not paying sufficient attention and do not receive adequate penalties when they kill or injure a vulnerable road user.
We need a level playing-field, the penalty for causing death or serious injury using a motor-vehicle needs to be a prison term, plus a heavy fine and a life-ban. Essentially similar to causing death or serious injury without a motor-vehicle, but te life ban is essential to prevent recurrence and thereby protect the Public.
Evidence why fluorescent colours aren't enough at least at night.
'Cyclist visibility at night: Perceptions of visibility do not necessarily match reality'
Visibility limitations make cycling at night particularly dangerous. We previously reported cyclists’ perceptions of their own visibility at night and identified clothing configurations that made them feel visible. In this study we sought to determine whether these self-perceptions reflect actual visibility when wearing these clothing configurations. In a closed-road driving environment, cyclists wore black clothing, a fluorescent vest, a reflective vest, or a reflective vest plus ankle and knee reflectors. Drivers recognised more cyclists wearing the reflective vest plus reflectors (90%) than the reflective vest alone (50%), fluorescent vest (15%) or black clothing (2%). Older drivers recognised the cyclists less often than younger drivers (51% vs 27%). The findings suggest that reflective ankle and knee markings are particularly valuable at night, while fluorescent clothing is not. Cyclists wearing fluorescent clothing may be at particular risk if they incorrectly believe themselves to be conspicuous to drivers at night.
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12:23pm 10 Dec 2011.