Steven at Cycle Space has posted another interesting post, well to me anyway looking at issue of fluro on riders ...
Why should hard working drivers stand by and watch their taxes spent on things like pedestrian crossings? Each set of crossings costs thousands to paint—hundreds of thousands if they require traffic lights in addition. All this for a handful of people not prepared to pay for cars and car parking. Shouldn’t the burden of safety be borne by the ones who are putting themselves in harm’s way?
I propose that zebra crossings be done away with, and anyone wanting to cross the road, do so dressed as a zebra. Some may whine that bold black and white stripes aren’t fashionable, or carry stigma. But just look at the quality and variety of walking-specific fashions already out there, all street legal, and stylish enough to wear at the office...
I shall propose that rather than colourful vests, everyone should be made to wear lycra with reflective strips on it, and perhaps a highly visible colour, like yellow, red, or, (gasp, horror) white! It won't make any difference, but some people will feel rather awkward or silly.
Rather than messing about with fluoro clothing, lights that are powerful enough and in a visible location on the bike should be a standard thing. For me it is, but there are so many people you still see who run around without lights, or with dull ones, or the helmet light is obscured by a backpack.
For the record, I wear light colours that are easy to see. I don't commute however, so I don't have a large backpack obscuring anything.
Absolutely right. But that's a painful, inconvenient truth for a great many groups who'd simply prefer people on bicycles didn't exist. More cyclists on the roads might actually reduce the traffic congestion, reducing the need for expensive new tunnels, etc. Less traffic equals less frustrated drivers, etc.
There all sorts of reasons why this is good, but equally all sorts of reasons why some groups would prefer it didn't happen.
Some days you are a big, strutting rooster, some days you are a bit chicken and some days you are just a complete cocque. Roger Ramjet: 2009 Giant CRX3 Spockette: 2009 Trek FX 7.3 (WSD, property of Mrs Monsoon) Lady Penelope: 2011 Avanti Cadent 1.0 TdF