It is essential for cyclists to be visible. Both pedestrians and cyclists are recommended to use safety reflectors. Did you know that when utilizing a safety reflector it reduces your risk of getting hit by a vehicle with as much as 85%? It provides the man behind the wheel 10 seconds to react. It might not seem that much time, but it is, in fact, longer compared if you’re not wearing a bike reflector.
Cyclists are recommended to use bike reflectors when being out after dark. Some individuals may think that when living in the city they don’t need to wear safety reflectors because of the street lights. However, you should know that all that street lights in many cases contribute a false sense of security.
Most traffic accidents where cyclists and pedestrians get hit by a car happened in the cities. Although you can see the vehicle, it is still uncertain that you’re visible for the driver. Without bike reflectors, you are first spotted and within sight when the driver of the car is within the range of approximately 20-30 meters, this provides an average of only 2 seconds reaction time for the driver.
By utilizing bike reflectors, cyclists will be visible already from a 140 meters distance, giving the driver far more time to react - approximately 10 seconds time to brake or swerve.
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