sometimes I think I get buzzed because I'm too visible!
"That's because you look like you know what you are doing.", was her reply.
Part of that is because I wear colors that are easily seen and noticed; predominately white, which may not work as well in other environments, but also yellow, bright orange and bright green.
Other things do come into play which are part of it, but attention grabbing colors are much harder to ignore than colors that tend to blend in. If my neighbor across the street hangs a white shirt and a black shirt in her yard without me knowing, the next time I look over there I guarantee I will see and notice the white shirt first.
Do bright colors save lifes? I don't know, but they might save lives.;)
they see us coming from a greater distance which makes going through intersections much safer. that's what all this stuff does - it makes you more visible from further away. anyone can see a bicyclist crashing through their windshield
I always use dayglo condoms and no STDs yet, so there you go.
I work as a traffic engineer and the federal guidelines (that each state is basically forced to adopt if the want their transportation money) for signing, traffic control and signals is the MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices) It has been standard for years that anyone with in the Right-of-Way should wear a hi-viz vest and the most recent version uped the requirements. The MUTCD clearly regards hi-viz clothing to be important to the safety of road workers, police and emergency responders. Below is the wording as stated in the MUTCD:
04 All workers, including emergency responders, within the right-of-way who are exposed either to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) or to work vehicles and construction equipment within the TTC zone shall wear high-visibility safety apparel that meets the Performance Class 2 or 3 requirements of the ANSI/ISEA 107–2004 publication entitled "American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear" (see Section 1A.11), or equivalent revisions, and labeled as meeting the ANSI 107-2004 standard performance for Class 2 or 3 risk exposure, except as provided in Paragraph 5. A person designated by the employer to be responsible for worker safety shall make the selection of the appropriate class of garment.
06 When uniformed law enforcement personnel are used to direct traffic, to investigate crashes, or to handle lane closures, obstructed roadways, and disasters, high-visibility safety apparel as described in this Section shall be worn by the law enforcement personnel.
07 Except as provided in Paragraph 8, firefighters or other emergency responders working within the right-of-way shall wear high-visibility safety apparel as described in this Section.
I used to ride everywhere in normal clothing, but I noticed that whenever I saw someone wearing high-vis yellow, not only did they stand out from the surroundings, but my mind immediately tagged the object in question as a bicyclist. And then I read about inattentional blindness -- the phenomenon of people completely failing to notice something because they were mentally focused on looking for something else. This is apparently a normal aspect of human perception, and it explains a lot of those "I didn't see them" incidents.
Based on that, I decided to start wearing a high-vis yellow jacket. Surely I can't be the only person out there whose brain associates that color with a bicyclist, and it seems to me that the more quickly someone can make that association, the better the odds that they'll respond appropriately. (Around here, most warning signs and road workers' clothes are orange.)
It's subjective I guess. But, the high viz green the road department people wear, sure catches my eye from a distance.. Nothing is more idiotic than wearing black at night... Which I often see among the kids.. As to night riding, give me plenty of lights and reflective gear..
For me, I just think about runners who don't wear any high-visibility clothing. When there is no sidewalk, they are running toward me in my path. Ever come up on one at night with no reflective stuff on? They are practically invisible. Saw one last night, in a some cotton or other non-reflective content red hoodie and navy sweats, completely invisible, but fortunately for me, running on the wrong side of the street (aka, with traffic).
I don't think going full Fred is always necessary, but lights and some reflective action if you can is a good thing.
Even if stats exist, they wouldn't accurately portray anything; around here, most the vest-wearers are middle aged, conservative riders who stop for stop signs and red lights.
And it won't go to court, where a lawyer could bring solid evidence and witnesses, because the DA will refuse to do anything about the incident.
Enjoy your ride and quit worrying about making sure the trial will go well if you're hit and killed. It won't, your death will be a total waste, and it'll be sad. Enjoy your life.
High viz clothing, grumble grumble grumble. I don't seem to get anymore room when I wear my neon yellow jacket than I do if I'm wearing a black shirt. So far, thousands of motorists have seen me in plenty of time to pass safely. Measuring the effectiveness of high viz clothing, when the effectiveness of black, is so high would be quite difficult.
People get hit in spite of being seen, wouldn't you say?
Sometimes, peoples minds aren't exactly where they should be, so being aware of what's going on might be just as, or maybe more important than what you wear.
Again, to do that you would have to randomly assign large numbers of cyclists to two conditions and wait (probably several years) until enough data comes in to show a statistically significant result (or negative result). A study like this would be extremely expensive and I don't think it will ever be done in the next 100 years.
So the best bet is to extrapolate from the research that's been done with highway workers, and again...just use your common sense.
Motorists need to A) see a vulnerable person AND B) react appropriately.
Hi viz clothing helps to achieve A) and also can give a little extra time for a motorist to achieve B).
That seems like a good thing. It hardly matters whether it's more or less important than being aware of what's going on around you. Both are good things.
I knew someone was going to say that...
I don't think passing distance is a good measure of visibility.
Lots of times drivers see something, but their minds don't register that something is in their path and they better do something or they're going to hit it.
A driver may be sitting at a side street, waiting to enter a roadway, see a rider coming down the roadway, the rider is visible and has the right of way, but go anyway. Same thing with a driver waiting for a left turn or even immediately after overtaking a rider making a right turn in the riders path as if the overtaken rider suddenly ceased to exist. These are all very common scenarios.
Being easy to notice only will help that a cyclist might get noticed sooner - how other drivers that notices the cyclist respond likely has less to do with cyclist shirt color and more to do with traffic & road conditions and the cyclists position and communications.