Driving back along the Euston Road after dark, my husband and I noticed a whole bunch of cyclists who were almost completely invisible – no helmet, black coat, black trousers, almost imperceptible light. Now, I have a theory that quite a lot of London cyclists are not drivers – if they were, I assume that they would be more aware of how well other people can see them.
Now, you know I don’t like to preach. And others don’t like to be preached at. And I know, if I am driving it is my responsibility to look out for other road users – be they cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, horses or other cars. HOWEVER, if you are cycling (or running – it is amazing how many runners dress like the milk tray man), it is a really good idea to make sure that you are visible.
While we’re talking about road safety, my friend Catherine cycles her kids around in one of these. They look seriously cool and are also super visible.