I’m becoming increasingly paranoid about not being seen by drivers on the road. This is getting worse as the days get shorter, and I’m spending more and more time riding at night. To compensate, I’m getting towards being dressed up like a Christmas tree . . .
- Two very bright white lights on the handlebars - both flashing
- A red flashing light on the right seat stay
- Another on the back of my helmet
- A string of ten red LEDs hanging out of the right hand pocket of my saddle bag
- … and I even tried a light on the front of my helmet on Monday.
Why the attention on the right hand side of the back of the bike? Basically I’m trying to make it look like the bike’s further to the right than it actually is, in the hope that overtaking cars will give me a bit more room. It’s a bit like when you’re riding with a single pannier bag - always put this on the traffic side of the bike to make the bike seem wider to drivers.
Anyway, when I set off to ride home on Monday, it seemed that one of the rear lights wasn’t as bright as it had been, and one of the front ones was a pretty feeble, fast-flashing glow.
Fortunately, with all those extra lights, this didn’t seem to be a problem. And even without them, it wouldn’t have been an issue - when I got home & went rooting around in the spare batteries drawer . . . I remembered that I’d moved the contents to one of the saddle bag’s side pockets!
So how do you try to see & be seen now that so much commuting time is in the dark?
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 11/01/2010
- Total Time: 2:07:00.00
- Calories: 1546
- Distance: 33 miles
- Average Speed: 15.59 mph