Help! They're out to get me!http://www.racvroyalauto.com.au/editions/may13/
- page 14 (Feedback/Letters to the Editor).
Re Murray Nicholas's letter (RA Apr), all motor vehicles are fitted with headlights, stoplights, indicators and reflectors to make the vehicle and driver's intentions more visible. I don't see why bicycles should not be required to have items to make them more visible as well. A cyclist coming towards you, especially with a dark helmet, is very hard to see even if they wear a bright garment, because not much of the garment is visible. My vote is for flashing lights front and rear which some sensible cyclists use. And not a big imposition or expense.
Come on fellow drivers, set this man straight on the fact that all
vehicles have roadworthiness equipment requirements and, in daylight, flashing lights are not part of a bike's. We don't have laws requiring safety guards around stoves even 'though they're a good idea with young kidlets in the house so why do we need laws requiring flashing lights on bikes even if they are a good idea. Someone remind your driving mate, Mr Graham Fraser, that drivers have eyes and an obligation to look out for and see hazards and other traffic on the road. You might ask Mr Graham Fraser what visibility aids the wildlife of Mt Martha uses to help them avoid being hit by him.
Keep it nice. Keep it logical. And remember, RoyalAuto is a motorists' magazine so exhort your fellow motorists to embrace your shared obligation to protect vulnerable road users from your big metal killing machines.