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Safer riding at night! (?)(14 posts)

Safer riding at night! (?)the bull
Oct 14, 2003 5:25 PM
I was a little late coming home tonight and it seemed as though the cars passing me at night slowed down and gave me more room!
I have a rear flasher light but os they could see me.Kinda weird, huh?
I was pleasantly surprised last year...biknben
Oct 14, 2003 5:48 PM
Last year when the clocks changed, I continued to commute in the dark. I have a NightRider HID and put a bunch of blinkies and reflective strips all over my commuter bike. This really seemed to get the attention of drivers and they used more caution as they passed or when I approached.

I think in most cases they are intrigued and can't believe that someone is actually out riding in the dark. I don't really care what they think, just as long as they don't run me over!!!

Even just a blinkie at dusk makes you significantly more visable. I'm becoming accustomed (sp?) to just turning on the blinkie in just overcast conditions. It provides a little peace of mind for me.
re: Safer riding at night! (?)bianchi boy
Oct 14, 2003 6:36 PM
I've noticed that most cars seem to give you much wider berth when you're riding in the dark. I'm still a little wary about cars pulling out from side streets, though, because I don't think the front lights are as visible as the rear flashers. The biggest danger riding at night (assuming you have proper lights, flashers and clothes) is probably the risk of hitting potholes, sticks, rocks and other road obstacles. It's much harder seeing obstacles in the dark, which is why I ride slower at night.
Early in the morningchar
Oct 14, 2003 7:39 PM
Is when motorists "give" or "allow" a little respect, thank you Arethra, I'm wavin' ya thru in that pink Cadillac. PM commute, fogetaboutit, if the freeway is jammed, motorists take the cyclists route.

My biggest danger list is different from yours, I don't consider the sticks, stones and potholes as dangers but as obstacles. What I have found is motorists pulling out from parking lots, driveways, streets, petrol stations, schools, and whatever. In other words, its not the ones comin' at you or behind you, its the a side shot comin' at ya'.

Wide-angle lights work best for cross streetsPdxMark
Oct 14, 2003 9:14 PM
A bright wide-angle halogen light gives the best protection for approaching cross-streets. The biggest problem with many LED front lights is that the light is directed in a very narrow beam. It works (marginally) OK for head-on traffic, but almost not at all for cars approaching on cross streets.
Tire Flys to be seen from the side.dzrider
Oct 15, 2003 4:55 AM
They screw on the valve stem and blink making a good size trail as they go around. Together with reflexite cuff bands and/or a strip on each crank arm you can look like a 60's light show. I agree very strongly with the poster who recommended staying on darker roads.
Oct 14, 2003 7:49 PM
It depends a lot on where, but deck yourself out with blinky lights and reflective gear and drivers don't know what the hell you are as they approach. They slow down and give you plenty of room as a result. For maximum effect, don't ride on well lit streets, especially where they use sodium vapor lamps (the orange ones), which are very common. Too much street lighting will introduce noise and dull your effect, and sodium vapor washes out most color. It sounds counter-intuitive, but a totally dark street is the safest possible street to ride on if you are properly outfitted.
I think solaffeaux
Oct 14, 2003 10:26 PM
In the day cars tend to cut me off more often. At night when I'm cruising with a 20 watt light shinning in front me, cars tend to wait for me to pass. Maybe they have no idea what the light is from and are curious, but I rarely have someone pull out in front of me at night.

Not to mention there are less cars in general.
agree about cars waitingmaximum15
Oct 15, 2003 2:42 AM
I have seen drivers wait ridicously long times for me to pass before pulling out. Their depth perception and speed perception must be confused by small, bright halogen lights. Luckily, no road rage has resulted because of their long waits for me to pass.
re: Safer riding at night! (?)Saddle_Sore
Oct 15, 2003 2:59 AM
I do the majority of my riding at night here in the UK. I always have at least 3 red blinkies on the back of the bike (2 on the bike itself and one on my Camelback MULE), I also wear two blinky armbands which are good for side-on visibility, as well as some strips of Scotchlite that can be velcro'd around my ankles. For front lights I use the Cateye ABS25 which seems quite good for visibility (had to mount them on a SpaceGrip due to restricted handlebar space).

Clothing wise I make sure I've got some reflective cycling tights on, as well as a seriously loud top (the more Scotchlite the better). I don't care if I look like a bit of the Blackpool illuminations on a bike, just as long as the car driving pillocks don't hit me. If they do, I want to make sure that I am so bedecked in lights that they cannot use "I just didn't see him" as an excuse and nail their arse in the Courts!

Be safe... be bright!
That's because they could not see the Lycra & get Pizzed off. nmbimini
Oct 15, 2003 4:39 AM
Yep.KG 361
Oct 15, 2003 5:12 AM
I ride home after work at about 12:15 AM. I use a blinkie in the back, a reflector on the back of the bike, and lots of reflective tape on my backpack, as well as a Vetta halogen light up front. Most cars give me a lot more room than when I go into work in the light. People at work think I'm nuts, but I feel safer at night (except on Friday nights- a little too many bars on my route home!).
Yup ... you stand out like a sore thumb.Humma Hah
Oct 15, 2003 5:49 AM
I watch drivers in my mirror. They'll change lanes half a mile back when they see the blinky. If I'm wearing an Illuminite jacket or vest, they change lanes a MILE back.

I think Illuminite especially freaks them out ... it looks so spooky they wonder if you're radioactive.
your depth perception suffers at nightcyclopathic
Oct 15, 2003 6:45 AM
there's no background details to measure up distance. No surprise most drivers affraid and give you more room. Not all, you have to watch for drunks, esp on friday.

THe worse time to ride is dusk; blinkies/lights/reflectors are very ineffective and eyes had not adapted to twilight