Do You Really Think You Can Be Seen By Driver's in a Black Jersey

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Hey, it's Jim Dodson, The Florida Bike Guy. So, is that cool black jersey you're wearing while you ride really visible? You know, I've known intuitively and have argued probably for a long time when I do my public presentations that I get it, you know, black looks great. A lot of guys look great in black. They make a lot of people produce some great black kits and jerseys and, I get that. It looks cool.

I ran across a website from an attorney from South Africa. I think it's a South African lawyer from what I can tell, and it had a tremendous graphic talking about visibility and various colors. And, it's something that I've read and I intuitively understand, but this put it in such great perspective for me that I just wanted to share it with you.

So, the conclusion of what they're saying on their website was that black is invisible, invisible. Okay. So that means basically when you're out there with black, during the daytime, you're blending in with all of the surrounding visual clutter, and you're not being seen by the drivers. Okay. I have preached and I wear neon yellow. Okay. I've got a yellow bike, yellow jersey, yellow hat, you know, the whole deal and a neon yellow is the third safest color to ride. According to the graphic they used on their website, it's visible for 37 meters. So I'm well ahead of the people wearing black. All right. I can be seen 37 meters ahead of them. But the real color, according to their research is neon green, and they can be seen according to this website at 130 meters. So, almost four times more visible than the yellow that I'm wearing.

So, I wanted to share that with you because when you sit at my desk and answer the phone for people that are calling here because they've been struck by an automobile, you darn sure want to take every edge that you can to make sure that doesn't happen to you. You know, cuts your riding short, damages your bike has to be destroyed. Bad things happen. You want to be seen. You want to be avoided. You want to be recognized as a cyclist, and all I can do is tell you the information that I have and brighter is better. Apparently neon green is brighter and can be seen much further away than neon yellow. Either are light-years ahead of black which is useless in terms of being seen on the road.

So I guess we have a choice. We can be cool, or we can be seen. I'll take being seen all day long. So, I'm Jim Dodson, The Florida Bike Guy. We represent cyclists across Florida. If you've been hit on a bike or in a car crash, regardless of where you are, call and I'd be happy to help you in any way I can. If you have a question for me, send it to me, and I'll answer that as well. Hope you enjoyed this. We'll talk to you next time. Take care. Bye.

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A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.