To the Editor: I wish to increase on Tara Shannon’s column in Thursday’s Banner. I too wish to emphasize the significance of cyclists carrying shiny clothes and reflective markings to be extra seen day or night time.
Sadly, Tara ignores what has been proven to be crucial think about bike owner visibility: lane positioning. Using alongside the curb or fringe of the highway makes the bike owner a lot more durable to see, and might invite a motorist to try to move when there isn’t sufficient clearance to soundly move with out utilizing the oncoming lane. Vermont legislation doesn’t require the bike owner to trip on the proper fringe of the highway, however as far proper “as is protected” (title 23, §1139). That will depend on situations on the time, and the bike owner does have full use of the lane to maneuver if wanted.
It additionally isn’t clear from Tara’s column, however entrance lights are required and hind lights are really helpful by Vermont legislation (title 23, 1141) from a half hour after sundown to a half hour earlier than dawn.
Each new and skilled cyclists will discover nice details about low-stress biking on any highway or path on the CyclingSavvy web site, CyclingSavvy.org. CyclingSavvy is a nationwide non-profit dedicated to biking schooling, providing on-line and in-person programs to enhance bike owner confidence on the roadways.