In my last post, I thought I had dealt with all the boring Tropes about cycling. But no. Apparently not content with looking for red-lights to run and achieving the miraculous feat of being simultaneously “in the middle of the road” and “on the pavement” we also all delight in wearing dark clothing and never have lights.
On this I have some sympathy with the motorist. I drive, and I am hyper aware of cyclists. However when I see one in dark clothing, at dusk (it’s worse at dusk and dawn than in the dead of night) without lights, I think it’s barely sporting to not give the motorist a chance to see you. Most cyclists, however want to survive their commute to work, and so deck themselves in blinking lights, high viz & reflective rucksack covers, Tabards, Sam-Brownes, Rucksack and Helmet covers, stickers, projecting lasers and so forth.
There is a whole sub-industry of bicycle accessories which are designed to make sure you’re seen. A set of effective lights can cost less than a tenner. You need to spend more if you want to see where you’re going without street lights, but a tenner will get you seen by an approaching motorist.
For my part, my bag is reflective and apparently lights up like a Christmas tree in the headlights. I always have a seatpost blinker, one further on my bag, and one attached to my helmet. I pump out 300 lumens front. I never go out without my lights. Of course, it is one of the few things the police can stop a cyclist for. And in my experience, they do, quite reasonably stop cyclists without lights.
Let’s also deal with cyclists being “in the way”. I was told to “get out the way” this morning. See the video below.
This also deals with the “red light jump”, which is a simple non-issue. I agree, blowing red lights at speed is dangerous. Rolling through them, after the pedestrians have gone just gets you out of the way of the traffic behind, to everyone’s benefit. Traffic lights are more about not allowing cars to block junctions, than they are about safety, and bicycles don’t block junctions.
https://bracken.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/hqdefault.jpg360480Malcolm Brackenhttp://bracken.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/logo-2.pngMalcolm Bracken2012-12-05 12:08:002017-07-21 01:43:24Cyclists' Dark Clothing and No Lights.