So, the other morning it's pouring. I'm on my commute and it's dark too. Although I don't run into any problems, I swear, most drivers do not adjust their driving for conditions in fact, I think many drivers drive worse. I think they speed up because they want to get their drive over faster.
Anyway, later that day someone comes up to me and says he had a hard time seeing me when they passed me on his way to work.
"If it wasn't for your light, I wouldn't have seen you"
"But you saw my light through, right?"
"Yeah, but you should be careful. You're right in the middle of the road."
So here's the deal. Conditions are worse than usual and I'm seen, but not as well as some would like.
Not only do I have lights, but I wear a high-vis yellow rain coat with several reflective strips on various areas of it. My rain pants are yellow and my booties have reflective strips up the back of them.
I suppose I always could add even more reflective strips and 16 more lights, but at what point is it the fault of the cyclist that a driver is having a hard time noticing a lit up, brightly dressed cyclist riding under street lights in front of a vehicle?
And what is the greater obligation? To be noticed, or to notice?