Cycling in Sydney Australia
Wed 23.7.14 - I counted 3 bikes in 45 minutes on Cleveland Street, just after dark, completely without lights, in the kerbside lane.
It's clear to me that these cyclists have no idea how difficult it is for motorists to see un-lit cycles, just after dark, on a busy road like Cleveland St. If this is in any way typical of a Sydney arterial, no wonder cyclists are getting killed and injured.
I thought of writing to the papers, but that probably wouldn't reach these riders. Someone's going to ket killed! What can we do?
Not such a theoretical question: I once had a light fail on me and was offered a spare from a passing rider. And earlier this year I encountered a rider without a light (it had died) and rode most of the way home with him.
Lights do die, that is true. Rechargeables die without warning, which is particularly worrying.
My solution - two lights front and two lights back (only one of each a rechargeable). Build redundancy into those systems that are critical for safety.
yep, I look like a Christmas tree.
Even so when I have had a light fail it is unnerving with only a small secondary headlight on some dark paths
I have encountered unlit bikes coming the other way on shared paths and have offered them free advice.
isn't there a rule about headlights on cars and being able to see a person on a road dressed in black from 100m away?
"sufficient visibility to see a person wearing dark clothing at a distance of 100 metres"
If you can't see where your driving, don't drive there.
Not defending unlit riders, I have seen a few, yes I still did see them.
Nailed it with this post.
The number of cars getting around with 1 light, or at dawn/dusk no lights present a safety hazard.
Motorists. Need. To. Slow. Down.
These days it's bonkers that cars don't have lights on automatically.
It's been a legal requirement in Sweden for decades - and not exactly hard to "hard wire" them to do so.
Many years when I was a university student I worked in a petrol station. One of our regulars drove a Volvo, imported from... Sweden. It was back in the days before use of daytime headlights was common, and he got so sick of being flashed by well-meaning oncoming traffic (those who wanted to ensure he didn't leave them on and come back to a flat battery) he got personalised number plates that simply said:
These days it's bonkers that bikes aren't sold with lights, especially those ones powered by the thing in the middle of the front wheel.
I was thinking of getting sandals, hope that is OK