the Road with Motorcycles and Bicycles (continued)
Cyclists and motorcyclists
take extra effort to be seen by wearing reflective or brightly
colored clothing and assuming lane positions that maximize
visibility. There are several reasons for this:
- Drivers tend to only see what
they are looking for. Most drivers of cars only look for
things of automobile size or larger.
- A motorcycle is much thinner than
a car and difficult to see, especially when approaching
from the rear, where they can be hidden in blind spots.
- Motorcyclists move frequently
to avoid poor road conditions and tend to weave through
- It is more difficult to estimate
the relative speed of a motorcycle since they only have
one headlight or two that are closely spaced.
- Bicyle and Motorcycle riders may
not be wearing bright clothes to make them more visible.
- Bicyclists may not have lights
for night riding.