As a Canberra driver and cyclist, I’d like to briefly remind other cyclists to wear bright clothing if they’re going to be cycling on the road.
On Saturday evening, I was about to drive into Belconnen Way (what the street exactly was I can’t remember for the life of me). It was about 6:30PM at this point, so it was rather dark. What seemed to be from out of nowhere, a cyclist road across the road very, very slowly, to the point where I had to go from 60km/h to a near standstill over 400-500m. If I had not been paying enough care or had poor eyesight, I could have easily hit the cyclist, as they were plodding along very slowly and wearing completely black clothes, no helmet and didn’t have so much as a light on their bicycle either. It could have been a very dangerous, nasty incident had it not been for my headlights – this isn’t the first time this has happened to me either. I personally felt that there was no risk to the cyclist at the time, but I felt it was my duty as a citizen of this city that loves to cycle to make this reminder.
So, just a quick shout out to Canberra cyclists – if you’re going to be riding in the early evening or the night, please have the appropriate clothing and/or equipment that makes you stand out so drivers are aware of your presence on the road. If you’re leaving before it gets dark but think it’ll get dark by the time you reach your destination, wear the appropriate gear before you set out and think ahead so you can pull over safely to turn on the lights on your bicycle.
Thanks for reading; have a happy and safe trip!