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.
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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.