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Rod Smith April 27, 2012. Agenda Quick Exercise – Count off in 2’s The Myths The Stats Countermeasures & Conspicuity Exercise #2 Recap and Raffle Thanks!

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1 Rod Smith April 27, 2012

2 Agenda Quick Exercise – Count off in 2’s The Myths The Stats Countermeasures & Conspicuity Exercise #2 Recap and Raffle Thanks!

3 Objective The next minutes off your bike might be the most important minutes you can spend before riding your bike the next time Find 1 thing that you are not doing, make a commitment to implement, and do something new

4 Myths It can’t happen to me… I know what I am doing… I am taking all of the necessary precautions… Biking is dangerous only in the dark… I am an experienced and/or safe rider…

5 Myths April 1, 2012, Levi Leipheimer near Bilboa, Spain While on a training ride, clipped by a car from behind “The bottom line is it was super scary and I am lucky to be alive.” Diagnosed with a fractured left fibula “It could happen to anybody.”

6 Myths Sunday, 10:30am, March 9, 2008 Stevens Canyon Road, Cupertino Group of riders hit by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s patrol car 2 Cyclists killed, 1 seriously injured

7 Myths Sunday, April 29, 2009 Highway 9, Saratoga Ashleigh Jackson and her fiancé in a hit-and-run incident causing serious and permanent injury Robert Schiro finally found guilty on February 15, 2012

8 It hits close to home! February 27, Days after KOM Intersection of Blossom Hill and Los Gatos Blvd. Andrew Hale, an avid cyclist and KLA-Tencor executive was killed when he was struck by a minivan

9 The Data NHTSA Data - Biking 2% of All Vehicular Fatalities involve Cyclists At least 43,000 trips to the ER every year involved cyclists Passenger cars' average weight is 3,596 lbs. Compact cars are lighter, and SUVs are heavier. Calendar YearFatalitiesInjuries* ,000

10 The Cyclist’s Environment Cars, Buses, Trucks Cell Phones and Texting GPS Signs and Scenery Pedestrians and animals Weather & lighting conditions Threat level highest in urban environments so APPLY Survival Conspicuity principles to YOUR RIDE

11 Do you feel like this?

12 Countermeasures – What you can do to be a safer cyclist Follow the laws/rules of the road, and Be conspicuous Know your environment Lighting, weather, etc.

13 Conspicuity 1. The property of being clearly discernible. 2. The state or quality of being clear or bright; brightness; conspicuousness.

14 How to be more Conspicuous Clothing Accessories Materials

15 How to be more Conspicuous Clothing Jackets, Vests Jerseys Gear/Gadgets Materials

16 Identify the conspicuity items in this photo

17 Conspicuity and Clothing Contrasting colors are best Hi-Viz Yellow Safety Orange The two winners (In a 1994 study, “...fluorescent yellow was found to be best detected and fluorescent orange was found to be best recognized against any of the three backgrounds investigated.” (Zwahlen & Vel, abstract) ) But these are of little help at night/low-light Don’t get lulled into thinking you’re safer just by wearing these colors at night

18 Biological Motion (Biomotion) Drivers see and recognize motion Retroreflective material Worn on moving joints

19 Survival Conspicuity - Biomotion is Important Ankle, ankle, ankle - That’s about the only place on a cyclist that brings out the biomotion. Rivendell makes big, fat, slick ankle bands. They cover the leg and stick out a few inches. DO NOT SKIMP ON ANKLE BANDS! You want the “best and the brightest.”

20 How to be more Conspicuous Clothing Gear/Gadgets Materials

21 Survival Conspicuity – Tail Lights Which is more important? Your fellow riders not liking your bright lights, or Getting killed/hurt by a car because you did not have the brightest lights? Always move up with the technology Link available for recent consumer test of different lights Should be used in daylight too Many new lights are also USB-rechargeable

22 Survival Conspicuity – Multiple Tail Lights “Volagi” mount (brake bridge) bike-superflash/ Seat-stay mount Helmet mount Are many better than one? Is this obnoxious? Does it make you more conspicuous? Yes, and that is more important than anything.

23 Survival Conspicuity – Front Lights Have good ones Have a back-up Daytime running lights – an idea whose time has come Always move up with the technology!

24 Survival Conspicuity – To flash or not to flash? Cyclists must have A steady light in low-light and at night per DMV Some cyclists run a steady light and one or several flashing The point is to have good LIGHTS (plural)

25 Survival Conspicuity – Always Ride with lights on Cars turn their lights on during the day So can you! Increases conspicuity by day! Many lights designed to be seen by day Planet Bike Turbo Flash Portland Design Works Radbot Dinotte

26 How to be more Conspicuous Clothing Gear/Gadgets Materials

27 Viz Quiz – the best way to boost awareness of a cyclist in broad daylight is: 1. Rear facing horn___ 2. “Share the Road” decal on top tube___ 3. Clothing that uses black and colors found in nature like brown, green, eggplant, blue…___ 4. Clothing that uses retroreflective material___ 5. Clothing that uses loud colors like Hi-Viz Yellow, Safety Orange___

28 Daytime Riding Helmet + Ankle Bands + Conspicuity Vest, Jersey, etc. + Daytime Strength Tail Lights + Daytime Strength Front Light = SAFETY or greater safety

29 Vis Quiz – The best way to boost awareness of a cyclist in the dark/low light is: 1.Blinking tail light ____ 2.Solid tail light ____ 3.Reflective vest ____ 4.Reflective Sam Browne Belt ____ 5.Rear facing horn ____ 6.Reflective ankle bands ____ 7.Reflective material on cranks and wheels ____

30 Nighttime Riding Helmet + Ankle Bands + Conspicuity (Retroreflective) Vest + Nighttime Strength Tail Lights + Nighttime Strength Front Light(s) = SAFETY or greater safety

31 Exercise #2 2 minutes Make a commitment to your partner on something that you are going to do to be a more conspicuous cyclist New lights New clothing Reflector tape Join an advocacy group Please follow up with each other in a week or two

32 A-N-C-L Checklist A = Ankle bands for biomotion N = Noggin for helmet to protect same C = Clothing for conspicuity L = Lights front and back, always on day or night Do an ANCL check before each ride

33 Thanks Jack Holmgren, Member, San Francisco Randonneurs Aron Mason Rick Ankiel KTCC – Raffle Sponsor Slides are available upon request

34 Countermeasures – What you can do to be a safer cyclist Follow the laws/rules of the road, and Be conspicuous Know your environment Lighting, weather, etc.

35 Redeem for Cygolite Hotshot 2-Watt USB Rechargeable Taillight with USB Cable

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37 Links Ankle 3 Feet Campaign and Plus these guys are on Facebook Best tail lights light-review/ light-review/

38 Survival Conspicuity – Organize! Amplify your voice with a chorus by joining a coalition or several coalitions. Support programs that lead to greater driver cognition and awareness of cyclists in daylight, at night, and in low-light. Ride with others in low-light or at night. Ride with others in daylight.

39 Survival Conspicuity – Organize! States in green have passed a 3-feet law. States in yellow have passed a 4-feet law.

40 Survival Conspicuity – Organize! Join a/several bike coalitions:


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