One of our longtime readers, Michael Scott emailed us his two ‘golden rules’ of staying alive on a bike:
2. Be seen
Sometimes alternately expressed as Situational Awareness and Conspicuity.
Situational awareness is being sure you know what the hell is going on around you – which is what the police teach.
Conspicuity is wearing whatever you have to in order that people will not mistake you for a piece of road or any other inanimate object. Imagine how you look from a distance if you’re wearing asphalt-black leather for example. BE ANIMATE! Wear that dayglo green/orange vest and a WHITE helmet. The helmet makes them think you’re a cop and they get the hell out of your way!
Have a safe ride.