We are all responsible for our own safety and we do need to do everything we can ensure that.
Did you know that:
Motorists often fail to notice or observe the bicyclist. Research on bicycle-motor vehicle crashes found that only 11 percent of drivers detected the bicyclist before a collision occurred, while 68 percent of bicyclists saw the motorist prior to the crash. Interestingly, the researchers also found that “92 percent of the bicyclists who noticed the motorist had expected the driver [to] give way and could not stop in time to avoid a crash”
- The 6 to 8:59 p.m. time period is the most dangerous, with 27 percent of fatalities occurring during the winter, 18 percent in the spring, 20 percent in the summer, and 29 percent in the fall. In addition, the time periods of 3 to 5:59 p.m. and 9 to 11:59 p.m. had the second and third highest rates of bicyclist fatalities.
One big way we can increase our safety is to be visible. To increase visibility:
- Wear brightly colored clothing with reflective strips.
- Avoid wearing black or grey which blends into the road, when you do use your HBC Safety vest.
- Adding lights on the moving parts of your bicycle and your body greatly increase the chance of a motorist seeing you.
- Ride in what is called the right track, the area of a lane where the right-side tires of a car normally roll. Here both cyclists and motorist are more likely to see each other.
- Avoid riding into the sun during sunrise and sunset.
- Be aware of the traffic around you at all times.
CHAPTER 35 / Subchapter A / SPECIAL VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS / Section 3507
When riding between sunset and sunrise cyclists must have a white light in the front, a red reflector in the rear, and amber reflectors on each side. (HBC Highly Recommends Red Tail Light)