Cyclist visibility at night-time : perceptions of visibility don’t necessarily match reality
Wood, Joanne M., Tyrrell, Richard A., Marszalek, Ralph P., Lacherez, Philippe F., Carberry, Trent P., Chu, Byoung Sun, & King, Mark J. (2010) Cyclist visibility at night-time : perceptions of visibility don’t necessarily match reality. Journal of the Australian College of Road Safety, 21(3), pp. 56-60.
Visibility limitations make cycling at night particularly dangerous. We previously reported cyclists’ perceptions of their own visibility at night and identified clothing configurations that made them feel visible. In this study we sought to determine whether these self-perceptions reflect actual visibility when wearing these clothing configurations. In a closed-road driving environment, cyclists wore black clothing, a fluorescent vest, a reflective vest, or a reflective vest plus ankle and knee reflectors. Drivers recognised more cyclists wearing the reflective vest plus reflectors (90%) than the reflective vest alone (50%), fluorescent vest (15%) or black clothing(2%). Older drivers recognised the cyclists less often than younger drivers (51% vs 27%). The findings suggest that reflective ankle and knee markings are particularly valuable at night, while fluorescent clothing is not. Cyclists wearing fluorescent clothing may be at particular risk if they incorrectly believe themselves to be conspicuous to drivers at night.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Night visibility, Cyclists, Reflective clothing, Age|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)|
|Divisions:||Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation|
|Deposited On:||20 Mar 2012 08:44|
|Last Modified:||20 Mar 2012 08:44|
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