Investigation of cyclists' perceptions of their night visibility to motorists

The vulnerability of cyclists is increased during low-light (dusk and night-time) conditions. As a result of an investigation into the death of a cyclist in February 2004 at night, the State Coroner recommended that research into cyclists' perception of their night-time visibility to motorists be undertaken. The aim of this project was to undertake such research, to explore in some depth, cyclists' attitudes and behaviours when cycling at night, their perceptions of their night-time visibility to motorists as well as their use of various media and responses to potential countermeasures. .Five focus groups were conducted in May 2006 with adult and teenage cyclists in Melbourne and Ballarat. Participant recruitment occurred by approaching cyclists at dusk/dark at high volume bicycle tracks/road intersections (identified with assistance from Bicycle Victoria and VicRoads), train stations and near schools and colleges. Those invited to participate were observed riding either with or without front and rear bicycle lights and were allocated to appropriate focus groups accordingly. Participant recruitment occurred in the early evening at times when street and car lighting was being used. This report outlines the findings of the research and provides suggestions to improve the night visibility of cyclists. (a)

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  • Publication Date: 2006-6


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  • Accession Number: 01054923
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2007 2:02PM