Re: What a stupid fucking idea....
I would say on my journey home about 70% of cyclists are NOT using lights on front and rear. reflectors are just that, reflectors. If no light is hitting them, say as a cyclist you are approaching a T-junction, and you have no lights, you are almost invisible on the road, especially on unlit roads.
"Remember, it is your job to make sure the road ahead is clear"
If you are on an unlit / poorly lit road and some knob is wearing black with no lights, the road does look clear, it is that simple. My car has daylight running lights (now a legal requirement) as well as cornering lights, but it is still, unfortunately, not enough to see many of these idiots.
I'd like to see both drivers AND cyclists being prosecuted for bad road behaviour, I just really don't get why people can't be arsed to spend £10 on a set of lights which could save their lives.
I used to have a kit car, which was so low, my head was level with the door handles of most cars. Did i make it difficult to see it? No, I fitted an additional high level brake light (now a legal requirement on all cars) and added daylight running lights to the front and additional indicators to the sides. My attitude is
if I think I may not be seen, I will do my utmost to bloody make sure they can see me.
I live in a village with very few street lights and often no footpaths and even the pedestrians will carry torches with them, not to see where they are going, but to make sure they are seen, it's just 2nd nature for us.