Alex Bowden September 9 2016
Tips for cyclists
While emphasising that “you should all have no doubt as to where we think the responsibility lies for the majority of KSI collisions involving cyclists,” the blog does also feature a few safety tips for cyclists.
The advice includes a recommendation not to look a driver in the eye, but to instead watch their wheels, on the grounds that “half the time they will be looking not at you but right through you.” It says, “you will see the wheels move far before you realise the vehicle is moving, thus giving you that split second extra that to react and hopefully avoid a collision.”
The second point is that red lights only instruct vehicles to stop, they don’t actually stop them. “Always check the opposing traffic is slowing and intends to stop at a red light.”
The third point relates to hi-vis clothing. “Don’t think hi viz clothing will keep you seen, although hi viz has a place in some circumstances such as low light conditions, it is contrast that catches the attention of the driver who might pull out on you, that, and movements the human eye and brain are wired to detect.”
While citing white as a ‘particularly visible’ colour, the blog also advocates moving out an extra six to 12 inches when approaching a junction, on the grounds that some sideways movement “can go a long way to making you the centre of the waiting or approaching driver’s attention.”