So I was shouted at to put my lights on whilst riding my bike……..
@ Mrmo; I think that’s the thing, anything cyclists might generally choose to do to exceed the “Minimum statndard” in terms of PPE or visibility, over time comes does to be seen as actually being the “De-facto” minimum standard by drivers and even the authorities to a certain extent…
Essentially these are discretionary, compensating measures, cyclists adopt in trying to offset the increasingly poor standards displayed by many drivers now.
But it’s not actually a cyclists duty or responsibility to accommodate other road users shortcomings.
Ultimately its not a principle worth dying for (I’ll just use my judgement and decide when to put my lights on, probably erring on the side of caution), but the number of drivers I know who think it’s a cyclists responsibility to be seen, more than it is their responsibility to actually look, is quite worrying…
All you guys when riding off road in daylight take a set of lights with you if you are going to touch a road at some point?
Cant say I’ve ever seen that around my local trails
Depends really, if I go out for a late afternoon ride where a puncture or mechanical might put me behind schedule and cause me to be riding home in dwindling light, I’ll often stick one of these in my pack just in case:
If I’m heading out earlier in the day for an MTB ride, with a bit of on road riding, if the weather looks good, and the odds are good that I’ll be home well before dark then no I probably won’t take any emergency lights…
For dingy winter rides I’ll be on my SS which has a rear LED permanently attached anyway, if it’s appropriate to the conditions, yeah I’ll switch it on for road sections…Posted 4 years agoheadfirstMember
cookeaa has beaten me to it really interms of the fact there are some very cheap, very light but pretty bright ‘be seen’ lights out there. I have a pair of these permanently attached to my ‘everyday’ roadbike:
I nearly cut across a cyclist’s path the other evening just as it was getting a bit ‘dusky’ as I was concentrating on avoiding an old dear crossing the road at the junction. He was in lurid blue and pink (not lampre) jersey but still easily missed on an open suburban road, a front light I’m sure would’ve caught my eye. I followed him and drove past him as he turned into his drive about 100 yards from my house. I thought about stopping and giving him some friendly ‘cyclist to cyclist’ advice but decided against it (that’s what STW is for 😛 ).Posted 4 years agoDickyboyMember
As it happens, I also always have my car lights on as well. Why doesn’t every car have running lights a la Volvo? Seems a perfectly logical thing to do to me.
really shouldn’t be necessary for cars to have lights on in daytime* & makes it that much harder to spot more vulnerable road users if everyone has their lights on, a tree in a desert is easy to spot a tree in a forest less so
* assuming normal visibility not foggy etcPosted 4 years agostumpy01Member
mrmo – Member
Why? there is no law that says you have to use lights between sunrise and sunset….
What does the law have to do with it? I’d rather be seen and avoided than argue the wrongs and rights of the law from my hospital bed.
My experience when driving has shown (IMO) that cyclists are a lot more visible if they have a decent light on; even between sunrise and sunset.
I sometimes put my car lights on during the daytime too!! Crazy, I know, but it makes my dull grey car easier to spot on a dull day against a dull road and a dull cloudy sky. Again, I do this as from experience; I have noticed that similar coloured cars around me are not so obvious in dull conditions.
cookeaa – Member
Road bike has one attached permanently, SS winter MTB does as well for night rides) fixie commuter has two on the back… Decent rear lights are cheap and easy to fit, so there’s no real excuse not to.
I might not turn it on if I’m riding in glorious sunshine, but more often than not I’ll want some active illumination on the roads just to be sure I’m seen, a couple of basic AAA’s seem to last ages anyway so you might as well…
This is pretty much my view on it.Posted 4 years ago
My road bike has them permanently attached (2 lights).
My Inbred has a Cateye mount on the seatpost permanently and if I am using it where I might encounter road sections (so anywhere apart from trail centres/rides round Thetford etc) I will transfer a light from the road bike, just in case.mrmoMember
Agree, i have lights i do use them as and when not a permenant feature though, but it is not for me to have to use lights or wear hi viz. All that is being done is making cycling appear ever less safe. Many cyclists now wear helmets, which in reality do far less than the car not hitting you would do. Many cyclists use lights in daylight, which again are far less effective than drivers actually looking where they are going!!!
As most drivers are crap, if they start to expect to see a red light in daylight then that is what they will look for and if you haven’t got a light on, well that’s your fault if you get hit! Obviously the driver isn’t at fault!!!!! It is the big issue i have with cycle paths, there is no possibility of every route being served by a cycle path, there will always be a need to use roads, but if drivers believe that cyclists have no right to the road because there are cyclepaths, and as demonstrated by some drivers, decide to run cyclists off the road, who is actually benefiting by having cycle paths??Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
It is the big issue i have with cycle paths, there is no possibility of every route being served by a cycle path, there will always be a need to use roads, but if drivers believe that cyclists have no right to the road because there are cyclepaths, and as demonstrated by some drivers, decide to run cyclists off the road, who is actually benefiting by having cycle paths??
A valid concern, but I’d point out that cyclists still use the roads (where they need to) in the Netherlands and receive a lot less hostility than we do because the drivers there are much much more likely to also regularly use bikes.Posted 4 years agoKarinofnineMember
Things are sliding inexorably towards a point where it’s ‘our fault’ for being hit. No, actually, IT ISN’T.
1. The speed limit is the MAXIMUM speed, set for when all conditions are perfect, car and driver in perfect condition. It is not the expected speed, nor the minimum speed.
2. The Highway Code also helpfully introduces this “Only go so fast as to be able to stop within the distance you can see to be clear”.
3. Positioning is key. Ride in primary or secondary. Wear what the **** you like – it makes little difference. I was knocked off in 1983 by a driver who “didn’t see” me. For a joke that day I was wearing pink footless tights, bright blue hotpants with white edging, dark blue and yellow striped top. Didn’t see me? Really?
I believe that each collision should be judged on its own merits, however, if the test for dangerous driving is “driving far below the standard expected of a competent driver” then, using the example above, maintaining one’s speed when vision is impaired by sun dappling through overhead trees has to be dangerous driving. The driver should be charged and prosecuted as such.
All this shilly-shallying around lights and clothing is simply car culture avoiding the elephant in the room … drivers need to slow the **** down and have consideration for other road users.
And breathe…Posted 4 years agoaPMember
Any driver that stops and tells me that I should be riding with lights during normal daylight hours will get told to **** off. I really can’t believe how many people think that they’re necessary.Posted 4 years ago
At dusk and during after sundown I obviously use lights and reflective clothing.horaMember
I’ve had a couple of cyclists swear at me. I asked one to repeat it at the lights as I didnt fancy my insurance paying out for a dick riding at dusk in dark clothing. He jept quiet.
Risk your life but not near my car please.
Drivers can be utter dicks but you also get alot of grown men on bikes acting like spoilt children. Sorry.Posted 4 years agoallmountainventureMember
I think clothing is generally more imortant where visibility is concerned. People will usually see you whatever the colour but they make high viz vests bright orange or yellow for a reason. Im always in a red top and have a bright orange pack.
Rainy days, shaded routes or poor viz days being the exception, and ill have a light for days like that.
That woman probably has a go at every one, has lots of bad days and generally not a great person to be around.Posted 4 years agopdwMember
I really can’t believe how many people think that they’re necessary.
It’s not a question of “necessary”, it’s a question of “potentially make you safer”.
I was cycling a few days ago in bright sunshine on a busy road towards a bit of dense tree cover. It was sufficiently bright out that you could see very little of what was under the trees as you approached. Now a good driver would adjust their speed accordingly, but – and I don’t know if you’ve noticed – there are a lot of very bad drivers out there, and I’ll take being alive over being right anyday.Posted 4 years agoheavymanMember
I’d have told her where to go, unless of course you had camouflage clothes and your bike is painted camo style!
I get people driving towards me on single track country lanes who do not even slow down a bit… Some wing mirrors come REAL close and after they pass I think maybe they didn’t even see me? Texting and being on the phone are still commonplace and sooooo dangerous.Posted 4 years agoIanWMember
I have distant memory of cycling from Leeds to London then onto Brighton circa 1983 fantastic care free trip as were the weekend rides from Leeds to Ilkley. The only aspiration was some campag gears but they were so far out of reach you didn’t really give it much thought.
There we’re admittedly half the vehicles on the road there are today but helmets and hi viz weren’t invented, gore text was still a marketing dream and lights meant every readies with batteries as big as your wrist or dynamos that could stop yuo down hill.
So cycling meant a t shirt and a pair of shorts and it was brilliant.
Also missing though was the presumtion that getting from A to B by any other than a car was the exception that need some kind of trainng, expensive gear the use of which should be monitored by self appointed bike police.
The point of this waffle is that I wouldn’t like to see cycling restricted to those who can afford the official gear as sactioned by this weeks marketing spin.Posted 4 years agoOllyMember
i got told by some old bugger one night that my (Deal extreme 700lm) bars lamp was too bright and that he couldn’t see if there were any cars behind me and therefore he couldn’t pull out across the front of me! (Turning right, from a road on my left)
thats right kids, he genuinely complained i had lights on, in the night, and it prevented him from cutting me up. Im not an angry person, but if i hadn’t been stunned into speechlessness he would have had a flurry of abuse sufficient to turn his ticker! what a wizards sleeve!Posted 4 years ago
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