See and Be Seen

Bicyclists and pedestrians sharing the roads and shoulders at night without lights are nearly invisible to motorists – until it is too late. Even if a bicycle is properly fitted with reflectors, motorists coming from a side street will not see the cyclists until it is too late for the driver to react. If pedestrians choose to walk at night without lights, they must be made aware of the dangers they face in the dark. We have had the opportunity to review not yet published research papers which show that pedestrians’ awareness of how well they can be seen by motorists at night can be increased by a relatively brief exposure to information illustrating their conspicuity along a nighttime roadway.