Originally Posted by Bob Ross
Slightly tangental to the topic: Can anyone confirm that *flashing* headlights (of any color) are illegal for cyclists?
I see tons of cyclists on the NYC streets & bike paths with a blinking white LED on the front...but someone recently told me it's against the law for headlights to flash. Something about how it doesn't register with oncoming drivers' depth perception?
well in fact flashing light increases an observers ability to nail down the fact an object is there,
but it does decrease the ability to estimate speed and direction, because the eyes want to track
it and they can't track between flashes. but it does announce itself better than a solid light.
a headlight should be solid and IMHO a green led blinky on the front
would be supplemental, and a good idea. the primary shouldn't flash though
motorcycles sometimes have flashing headlights on the daytime low-beam, and boy you can
see them a mile away. in daylight
a flashing front light on a bike shouldn't be an issue, but in the dark....I guess it would be not so hot.