Be Visible when you ride

Consider…

The importance of being Visible? 

Unfortunately the reality is when riding a bike you are vulnerable, you are exposed you have little protection. We frequently share our riding environment with motorists. They are bigger and faster than us and we all know any collision can cause us plenty of harm.  Therefore our best solution is to do what ever we can to avoid this hazard and that starts with being VISIBLE. We say take every opportunity to be visible. How can you make you ( the cyclist) be visible? How can you make the bike be visible? How can you make sure you are visible from all directions?

Understand your be Visible requirements? 

What is you need for being Visible? Where do you ride? Understand the environments & conditions you bike in and the risks associated with those environments & conditions.

High risk environments include in traffic, windy roads where there is little time to see you, narrow roads where sharing is more challenging. High risk conditions include biking at night, in low light, in poor weather conditions. Compare that to a low risk environment a purpose built bike path or trail. What are your risks? What are your needs for being visible?

Visible from all directions? 

You need to make sure you are visible from all directions. Visible from the front. Visible from the side. Visible from the rear.

Making you the cyclist visible?  

What you wear on the bike has a large influence on you being visible to others. Make bold colour choices – fluoro colours- yellow/green, orange, red.  Choose to wear clothing or add accessories that has reflective strips.  Some suggestions of clothing and accessories that can help you be visible.

Choose a helmet that is a bold colour. Inserts lights into your helmet. Choose your outer layer to be a visible colour – your jacket, a vest, or a top. Alternatively use a visibility over vest as your outer layer.  Choose cycling pants that have reflective strips. Cover your bag with a bold colour and reflective strips.

Making your bike Visible? 

What can you do to make your bike Visible.  The most important is attaching lights to your bike – A front and rear light as well as considering stacking options depending on the needs. There are other ways to make you bike be visible. Bright coloured handlebar grips. Choose tyres with reflective strip,

For more information see:  Bike Lights Buying Guide

What do the kids need?

This depends on where they ride what are the associated risks. The risks are the same as for an adult but remember there decision making maybe not as good as yours, if they are smaller they may be harder to see. Take every opportunity to make them visible and help keep them safe.

Visibility options: A bold colour helmet – One that has the option for a light insert. A bold colour for their outer layer. A cover for there bag. Lights for their bike.

goRide’s Be Visible when you Ride Solutions – Clothing 

Protection Type 

 Increased visibility front, side & rear. Bold/ Fluro  Colour . Reflective Strips.

Features 

Vest or jacket. Highly water resistant, windproof, lightweight, visible.

Type of Riding

Any where you want increased visibility. Town, traffic, shared path ways, tour.

Who Should Wear

Men, Women, Youth specific sizing

Versatile wind/chill protection

Protection Type

Increased visibility front, side & rear.Bold/ Fluro  Colour . Reflective Strips.

Features

To be worn over cycling clothing. Short length to not interefere with biking.

Type of Riding

All riding

Who Should Wear

Men, Women, Youth specific sizing

Multi use, performance outdoor protection

Protection Type

Increased visibility from front, side & rear. Reflective strips and writing. 

Features 

Waterproof, breathable, seam sealed, hood, amazing floral design

Type of Riding

Any where you want increased visibility. Winter riding, riding at night and poor weather. Touring option.

Who Should Wear

Women, Men, Youth

Multi use, good protection, fun design

goRide’s Be Visible when you Ride Solutions – Accessories 

Protection Type 

Increased visibility from side & rear-  Bold/Fluro  Colour . Reflective Strips.

Features 

Vest or jacket. Highly water resistant, windproof, lightweight, visible.

Type of Riding

Any where you want increased visibility. Town, traffic, shared path ways, tour.

Who Should Wear

Men, Women, Youth specific sizing

Versatile wind/chill protection

Protection Type

Increased visibility from front & sideBold/ Fluro  Colour . Reflective Strips.

Features

To be worn over cycling clothing. Short length to not interefere with biking.

Type of Riding

All riding

Who Should Wear

Men, Women, Youth specific sizing

Multi use, performance outdoor protection

Protection Type 

Increased visibility from front, side & rear. Reflective strips and writing. 

Features 

Waterproof, breathable, seam sealed, hood, amazing floral design

Type of Riding

Any where you want increased visibility. Winter riding, riding at night and poor weather. Touring option.

Who Should Wear

Women, Men, Youth

Multi use, good protection, fun design

goRide’s Be Visible when you Ride Solutions – Lights 

Protection Type

Night riding – good visibility & light strength – front & rear

Features

Lightweight. Flexible attachment. Front light – helmet attachment option. USB rechargeable.

Type of Riding

Night riding on the road and cycleways. When you need to see in poor weather conditions

Protection Type

Increase visibility in traffic, poor weather conditions, well lit night riding – front & rear

Features

Lightweight. Flexible Attachment. USB rechargeable.

Type of Riding

Day riding in busy traffic, challenging environments and in poor weather conditions. Night riding in well lit urban areas & twilight riding.

Protection Type

Increase visibility in the day, at twilight or in poor weather – front & rear

Features

Easy to use, easy to carry. Flexible attachment to bike/bag/clothing. Battery.

Type of Riding

Young kids riding or scootering on footpaths.  School/youth riders to increase visibility in traffic

Protection Type

Increase visibility in the day on bike paths and in off road riding environments.  Front light only.

Features

Lightweight. Flexible Attachment. Also has bell functions (25 sounds, 3 volume settings)

Type of Riding

Young kids balance bikes, scooters or first bikes.

Make your purchase a success…

Make good choices

If you have lights – be organised take them / use them. Make sure you charge them after use so you know they will last the ride. Clothing – choose well depending on the risks or have the option of the over vest.

…so you and your family can SMILE when you ride.