I am glad to learn that much of the county is designated “bicycle friendly”; however, I do have a major concern. It is essential that we all abide by the law, but my focus is about a fundamental issue: visibility.
Bicyclists must do their part to create safe conditions:
1. Use a bright front light and a large rear reflector.
2. Wear white or light clothing.
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3. Wear reflective clothing or reflective tape on jackets and backpacks.
The last two apply to pedestrians, too. Lights not only help us see, but they also make us visible. I have been making note of the number of bike riders and pedestrians who choose to believe that if they can see, then they can be seen. Easily 80 percent of bicyclists I see function under this fallacy — closer to 100 percent of those on foot.
Of the other 20 percent of bicyclists, it is a small number who do a complete job of “lighting” themselves.
I hope that communities will create active campaigns about the need to be visible when on the streets at dawn, dusk and night. Here is to all of us taking responsibility to keep our modes of transportation friendly and safe.