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Visual Awareness of Cyclists

Discussion in 'Research and Questionnaires' started by Jamesvon2, 6 Dec 2016.

  1. Jamesvon2

    Jamesvon2 New Member

    Hello Biking World,

    I am a high school student who is working on an engineering project to fix the problem of visual awareness and safety of bikers. I compiled a list of questions that are related to the issue in order to give me a statistical analysis of how to solve my problem. The link to the survey is below. Thank You.



  2. Rickshaw Phil

    Rickshaw Phil Overconfidentii Vulgaris Staff Member

    A note from the moderators:

    We know that like helmets, high visibility gear can create a lot of contentious debate. We ask you all to bear in mind that this questionnaire is for a high school project so please keep your comments constructive and polite at all times.

    Anyone being rude to this new member risks being excluded from the discussion.
  3. cyberknight

    cyberknight Guru

    South Derbyshire
    Survey doesnt allow me to click on anything, tried 2 browsers.
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  4. gavgav

    gavgav Veteran

    I don't seem to be able to click on any of the questions in your survey?
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  5. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Survey completed.
    The degree of visibility varies at different times of the year, eg the low sun in winter months can be dangerous for cyclists as drivers fail to make allowance for not seeing what might be in front of them.
    Bicycle lighting is a legal requirement during darkness or poor visibility, and not something law abiding cyclists can choose to buy or not buy.
    I'm not so sure that cyclists improving their visibility will have a greatly beneficial effect on their safety. The problem come from the failure of motor vehicle drivers to observe, either due to driving at inappropriate speed, poor observational skills or allowing themselves to be distracted from the task in hand.
    Last edited: 11 Dec 2016
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  6. r04DiE

    r04DiE 300km a week through London on a road bike.

    Have you signed into your Google accounts?
  7. gavgav

    gavgav Veteran

    Ah, right, I don't have one of them. Will set one up, thanks.
  8. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    I didn't have to sign in to my Google account, unless this happens automatically?
  9. cyberknight

    cyberknight Guru

    South Derbyshire
    Really should not need to create a google account for a survery.
  10. MontyVeda

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    Lights are something that cyclists can choose to buy or not. We've all seen people riding bikes after sundown with no lights.
  11. r04DiE

    r04DiE 300km a week through London on a road bike.

    I couldn't agree more.
  12. If you are genuine in this then perhaps look at this not as a problem that needs fixing but an extension of comfort.

    People dont see cyclists for many reasons, mostly its nothing to do with their visibility.

    Whilst I think it makes sense to have lights on my bike in the dark, I'm not sure I feel "unsafe" at the times that i don't.

    My point here is that suggesting that this is an accepted "problem" will likely see your project fail, as many will instantly disagree with that stance and reject the design. Approaching it as an additional benefit may be more successful.

    Good luck.
  13. briantrumpet

    briantrumpet Veteran

    Devon & Die
    It's always worth bearing in mind the Invisible Gorilla phenomenon - 50% of the people who watched the video below on the original experiment didn't see the gorilla (because they were focused on counting passes). I'm just not sure how you deal with the selectivity of human attention. We are necessarily and constantly selective in our attention - it's the only way our brains can cope with the endless and dense amount of sensory information that floods in.

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  14. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Veteran

    The problem lies with drivers of motorised vehicles. You'd be better to come up to a solution of them not looking. Maybe a radar system that'll stop them pulling across cyclists.
  15. dim

    dim Guest

    Cambridge UK
    Hi Viz stands out from the rest .... people can say what they want, but as a cyclist in Cambridge where there are thousands of cyclists, the guys who stand out and are easily visible are those who wear high viz in the day


    and at night, the guys on bikes who stand out are the guys who wear the proviz reflective jackets ...

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