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Encouraging High-Visibility and Reflective Gear for Safe Cycling, or Victim Blaming ?

http://bikeportland.org/2014/12/12/think-encouraging-high-vis-gear-...

Days are getting shorter and people are commuting in the dark. Transportation agencies encourage cyclists to wear bright/high-visibility/reflective clothing and use lights. That might sound like common sense info to some, to others it is an offense. A form of victim blaming. Do you feel "being seen" helps you to "be safe?"

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I have no problem seeing even the twin rear red blinkies on Divvy bikes—let along their headlights—at 500 feet. And my vision is not that good, sadly.

Skip Montanaro 12mi said:

[…] if Divvy bikes don't meet these requirements (I suspect they don't, at least w.r.t. front lighting) […]

I agree 100%.  There is not enough self-policing by bikers among themselves in this regard.  All I hear is excuses and rationalizations.  

Sarah D. said:

Do cyclists in Chicago know they have to have white front lights visible from a minimum of 500 feet to the front and at the very least a red rear reflector or red rear lamp visible from a minimum of 200 feet?

I will assume all y'all here know, but man, it's 4 out of 5 out on the streets who do not seem to know or care about the law regarding lights. I had to drive daily for about 3 weeks last month, and what was a pet peeve became a serious problem with most fellow cyclists. It's really dangerous and stupid. 

I advocate for a hard ticketing campaign here to get the word out among new bikers in town. I honestly think the only thing that talks in this case would be money, because safety is obviously not a concern. 

Construction workers and others wear high visibility clothing but no lights.

http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/x/construction-worker-hard-hat-isolate...

Cars have lights but do not wear clothing, other than 'car bras', which are not high-vis.

http://www.autoaccessoriesgarage.com/img/articles/car-bras/sporty-s...

Something to think about.

I think.

In totally unrelated news, commuters on Japan's subways wear protective masks

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/05/21/world/22japan_600.jpg

And here's a construction worker wearing a mask.

http://thumb7.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/56478/56478,13...

Where are our masks?!? Don't we want to be safe???

http://m.dhgate.com/product/high-quality-anti-pollution-city-cyclin...

In the not too recent past, 'masks' were more widely used in London, England. But that's another topic for discussion.
Construction workers have safety blinkies on barricades around them.
And you will NEVER see a high-visibility colored car. Only black, white, grey, etc. . .



Shawn Evans said:

Construction workers and others wear high visibility clothing but no lights.

http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/x/construction-worker-hard-hat-isolate...

Cars have lights but do not wear clothing, other than 'car bras', which are not high-vis.

http://www.autoaccessoriesgarage.com/img/articles/car-bras/sporty-s...

Something to think about.

I think.

In totally unrelated news, commuters on Japan's subways wear protective masks

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/05/21/world/22japan_600.jpg

And here's a construction worker wearing a mask.

http://thumb7.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/56478/56478,13...

Where are our masks?!? Don't we want to be safe???

Tom AK said-

"And you will NEVER see a high-visibility colored car. Only black, white, grey, etc. . ."

Hmmm...

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