It’s nearly the winter solstice up here in the northern hemisphere, the time when the daylight part of the day starts getting a bit longer again. You might therefore think a post like this is almost too late. Well not true – cyclists are still getting ‘caught out’ by the dark and some motorists are still running on a single headlight after one broke last summer…
While riding at dusk this evening, I caught up a friend of mine. She had no lights and no reflectors, except the legally required red one on the bike.. not sure I remember seeing a pedal reflector [stick with me here!]. My 8 Freight bike was well-lit and I was about 100 m behind, when a car overtook me (properly), cut back in, then on seeing her much too late had to brake hard to avoid driving into the back of her. I think my presence actually distracted the driver from seeing her, but my basic point is obvious – when it’s dark, have some lights. Please.
Personally, I prefer to dress for off the bike, so I don’t use hi-vis clothing. Reflective materials are surprisingly effective, when the surface area is high, but small bits like reflective piping on bags are just too small to make a difference. How pleased I am therefore, to see this really stylish reflective jacket for cycling.
The video is a bit ‘urban warrior style’, featuring some nervous and edgy characters, nevertheless this looks like a great way to simultaneously blend a jacket with the rest of your apparel and stand out to motor traffic. I’m just not sure about the necessity for turn indicators mentioned, or if I’d trust them to be seen and recognised.