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    We are invisible

    Possibly a repost but has some good tips.

    https://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/raf-...each-cyclists/

    there is an intersection on the end of my road. My road is a feeder road to a more main ( mainer?) road with a triangle island.

    There are often crashes there as the main road traffic has to give way and the right bearing from the main road to my road.

    I slow down and get eye contact even when driving my van. It good to get motorists practiced at stopping at Give Way signs instead of just

    slowing a bit.

    similar to this,but this is driving on the other side. Mt Smart Road.

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    Eye contact with other motorists, the secret to making rapid progress in heavily populated suburbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidecar bob View Post
    Eye contact with other motorists, the secret to making rapid progress in heavily populated suburbs.
    Another tip: run a risk reward matrix in your head, riding down the motorway weaving in an out at speed ( see this a lot) Vs getting your sorry arse out of bed earlier or being a few minutes late.

    Why overtake that long line of cars to keep up with your mate when your only going to stop in a few minutes to have a coffee, chances of one
    turning right are up there.

    Nothing says plonker at rush hour more than having your hazard lights on when lanesplitting. Car drivers are not looking in there mirrors looking out for you. Its a numbers game, but odds are lower than lotto.

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    I'll add to the title - If we go electric we'll be inaudible as well...

    I always found when lanesplitting that a burst of throttle alongside a dozing driver worked a treat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire View Post

    Why overtake that long line of cars to keep up with your mate when your only going to stop in a few minutes to have a coffee, chances of one
    turning right are up there.
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    And besides, it's not like your pipe & slippers mind waiting a bit longer.

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    Slippers?

    Just the one Big Slipper thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumph View Post
    I'll add to the title - If we go electric we'll be inaudible as well...
    Yup. And some government twat will be sitting there wondering why the fatality statistics haven't changed...
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    aggressive passive riding or something seems to work on my commute

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubbo View Post
    aggressive passive riding or something seems to work on my commute
    I've noticed that people suddenly notice you when you accelerate straight towards them at roundabouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidecar bob View Post
    I've noticed that people suddenly notice you when you accelerate straight towards them at roundabouts.
    It's the improbability factor of being threatened by a big scooter.....
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    I believe invisibility is a mix of care/fear factors. Children often run out on roads. They are smaller than motorbikes and yet people will do everything in their power to avoid a child. They see these little people as large as life. This is the care factor.

    If a Kenworth truck is coming through an intersection, would you pull out in front of it? The fear factor.

    Many people won't care about us because we are not small and cute, so we need to be feared. I would suggest horns glued to helmet giving a Viking image. Chains draped over the body and perhaps some obvious weapon such as an axe strapped to the downlegs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vonstringer View Post
    I believe invisibility is a mix of care/fear factors. Children often run out on roads. They are smaller than motorbikes and yet people will do everything in their power to avoid a child. They see these little people as large as life. This is the care factor.

    If a Kenworth truck is coming through an intersection, would you pull out in front of it? The fear factor.

    Many people won't care about us because we are not small and cute, so we need to be feared. I would suggest horns glued to helmet giving a Viking image. Chains draped over the body and perhaps some obvious weapon such as an axe strapped to the downlegs.
    The real factor that is not in our favour is ... that we will come off worst in a collision with them. THEY know that.

    And ... they know WE know that ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vonstringer View Post
    I believe invisibility is a mix of care/fear factors. Children often run out on roads. They are smaller than motorbikes and yet people will do everything in their power to avoid a child. They see these little people as large as life. This is the care factor.

    If a Kenworth truck is coming through an intersection, would you pull out in front of it? The fear factor.

    Many people won't care about us because we are not small and cute, so we need to be feared. I would suggest horns glued to helmet giving a Viking image. Chains draped over the body and perhaps some obvious weapon such as an axe strapped to the downlegs.
    And if you are splitting lanes through traffic you are still going to go unseen.
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    Drivers fail to see trains, trucks, and busses. In one notable case in Germany a young woman pulled out in front of a British armoured column. She was luckier than the guy who pulled out in front of a bus near Thames, that was fatal.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=x-FZfGoPYWU

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