Bright clothing isn't safer

Published: Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014 - 10:04 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 - 9:30 am

Re "Let's follow a few rules of the road, please” (Editorials, April 11): Besides criticizing scofflaw cyclists, the editorial board takes "Helmetless, unlighted cyclists wearing colors suitable for night guerrilla ops" to task for contributing to road danger.

There are too many cyclists breaking the rules of the road, but wearing a helmet is not a traffic rule for adult cyclists in California. Neither is wearing non-guerilla ops clothing.

Cyclists in most of Europe are far safer than they are in the U.S. Few European cyclists wear helmets. Why are helmetless American cyclists at greater risk than their European counterparts? Maybe it's the road environment and the attitudes of road users.

Despite common advice to wear light or brightly colored clothing, there's scant evidence such attire makes walking or cycling safer. In fact, some neon colors are less visible at night, and contrast can be more important than light color.

-- Walt Seifert, Sacramento

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