Are they safe?

In the majority of cases bicycle accidents involve automobiles, and in most cases the automobile driver did not see the bicycle. See the article, 10 Way To Get Hit, under the safety. Being seen is not a recumbent issue; it is a bicycle issue.

Being seen:

  1. First and foremost, the bicycle rider needs to be seen and heard. Some available items to accomplish this include blinking lights and solid lights, flags that move back and forward when moving, air horns, bright and reflective pannier bags & clothing & helmets, reflective tires, and various other items.
  2. The recumbent rider is typically lower to the ground, particularly on trikes, so must work harder to been seen, particularly in heavy traffic. Multiple bright colored flags, 5′-6′ above ground level, that ‘flap’ in the breeze are one of the most common items used.
  3. On the flip side, recumbents are not the type of bicycle that people are use to seeing. Because they are ‘different’ and ‘unusual’ they draw attention both by pedestrians and automobile drivers. Many recumbent riders talk about how cars seem to give them a wider berth than regular bicycles.

Rider Responsibility:

  1. The bicycle rider must be familiar with the bicycle and how to ride it properly.
  2. The bicycle rider must be ever vigilante; no zoning out with ear buds and music.
  3. The bicycle rider must be familiar with applicable ‘rules of the road’ and follow those rules.
  4. The bicycle rider must make himself obvious but not obnoxious.

 

 

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