TheEngineer wrote:This is the problem with this forum. There are far too many people who have personal opinions that have no evidence to back them. I see it reguarly on this forum. People who seem to think that because they have an opinon that it must be true.
I don't know for sure if you're referring to my previous post, but if you are: I stand by what I said about the chevrons, and also agree with lock about the danger of the vibralines - I've found both of these to be slippery in the wet. You mentioned statistics (without providing a reference***) that claimed riders feel safer with than without vibraline, however the perception of safety doesn't always equate to the reality. My opinion on the chevrons, vibraline and the effectiveness of these and other traffic-control/calming devices is based on first-hand experience, so I don't have any statistical analysis to back up these opinions, only a lifetime of cycling, so feel free to dismiss my opinion if you wish.
Please note: I'm not claiming my opinion has any more weight than others', only that I've seen for myself what constitutes a safe or dangerous road setup, and although I've had a small number of falls off my bike, I've never collided with another vehicle. This I believe is due to my defensive riding style, and because I never assume that other road users will drive/ride sensibly.
*** There are far too many people who mention statistics, but without providing a reference to them so that their readers can read the statistics and then make up their own mind about what the statistics are really indicating. How do we know the statistics you cite are even valid? It's very easy to botch a data-collection and/or the follow-up analysis; good statistics are not easy to do. So perhaps you should provide us with a reference to these statistics, so you don't become an example of the case above? (where I've underlined part of your post)
By the way, please understand I'm not trying to start an argument for its own sake; I just happen to think your above comment was unfair.