Do you wear Hi Vis (High Visibility) clothing or adornments?
Personally I'm a big fan of High Visibility clothing when cycling and never go anywhere without a bright coloured top, usually with reflective panels or stripes.
If I’m riding somewhere and don’t wish to stand out when I get there, I’ll slip on my fluorescent Hi Vis wait coat – easily folds to nothing and sits inside my helmet when I arrive.
I just figure that the more visible I am, the more easily I can be seen and the safer I’ll be.
I always feel somewhat puzzled though when I see people that look like they are trying to make themselves invisible to drivers.
Case example being - when driving into the Central Market around sunset last night I saw a man with a black bike, black pants, grey top and black and grey backpack. Perfectly colour coordinated but at dusk, on a grey road he was almost impossible to see. No lights or fluorescent straps to help him be seen in the peak hour traffic.
At night I see some people riding with great headlights and flashing rear lights and feel quite envious of these safety features. I don’t ride at night because lights of this quality (while I’m sure they are good value for money) are not cheap and I wouldn’t feel safe enough with something more affordable.
:) Know what you mean! Think my multiple rear reflectors and lights make it easier for drivers to aim.
I occasionally stick pictures of farm buildings on my bike. You'll be amazed at the number of people who can't hit the side of a barn ...
I went to the display in the RiAus building during the Fringe. Quite nifty. The room was darkened, so a torch was given. The reflective thread woven into the garments would show up to some extent when the torch was shone towards any particular exhibit. Move the torch up next to the eyes, with light from that angle the reflective yarn really stood out. I tried to channel Prof Julius Sumner Miller to understand this, but to no avail.
Brian, I was disappointed with the display until I read a leaflet on a table about holding the torch at eye level. Did you notice the jumper with reflective skull image -- perhaps drivers would notice this. Loved the blousson top with reflective strips knitted through out it.
Saw the skull. Motorists may well steer clear - but motor cycle groups? ... being a bloke, the "Doctor Who-like" scarf was my favourite.
Actually - I often wear black as I like it and frankly - motorists don't see you.