Why should cyclists take responsibility for drivers’ bad attitudes?

If, as Cape Town cycling association Pedal Power says, ‘most cyclists get hurt on the roads because they were not visible enough,’ why is the association not investing in eye tests for drivers, or educating them to look out for cyclists? Why are they giving away helmets to cyclists instead?

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Comments

  1. Perhaps they haven’t asked what cyclists think.

  2. The problem is that too many cyclists in SA are concerned about how good they look on the road. generally [based on products available in SA] visibility means looking like a beacon… not like a pro cyclist. the sooner people realise that black bikes with black kit with no lights is a dangerous combination, the better…

  3. But why are motorbikes, by law, required to have a front light on while in motion?

  4. Hmmm… good points all y’all – still being discussed all around the world this 5th day of December 2000+10… but how long must we sing this song?

  5. Vehicles below a certain ‘height’ have to – so do certain low-slung cars! In many countries, it’s mandatory to use lights on a bicycle, but helmets are not compulsory. Helmets don’t make you visible!

  6. I agree and don’t agree. It’s just so weird how the responsibility for being visible is ALWAYS landed on the cyclist (or pedestrian, for that matter); there’s is just no mention about the fact that the collisions are with CARS, and …that the driver should have been looking out for cyclists… As Leonard always says, it’s the argument about women in mini-skirts asking for it… Why should I dress up like a beacon? Drivers need to start looking for other road users, and not at their cell phones, ipods, or just not looking at all! The more vulnerable road users are blamed for being crashed into – huh?

  7. Hi everyone, I developed some perhaps concrete ideas in this area. See http://greenideafactory.blogspot.com/2010/09/dont-believe-hyper-illumination.html + http://www.fiab-onlus.it/perche_giubbini.htm. But cars go too fast (even legal speeds are too fast), bikes need relatively standardized lights and reflectors and people should be able to wear black as cyclists (or pedestrians).

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