John Suavecito wrote:
We are currently considering an ebike for my kids, who almost never do any exercise of any kind, and my wife, who only walks the dog. I think using the ebike might make environmentalism and exercise more attractive.
She's really struggling with having to ask people for rides to work every day, and with getting groceries, etc.
r ranson wrote:What a great idea.
Something that's important to me as a driver: Visibility!
- One Solid front light that points down. Flashing lights, especially flashing in the blue-white spectrum, can cause nausea, loss of balance, lack of depth perception, and disorientation in some people. These are not symptoms you want to induce in a person driving a car towards you.
- I like two lights on the back, one on top of the other. One bright red solid light pointing directly back and one duller red light pointing down and flashing. This is the easiest for me to see where the cyclist is and how fast they are moving from the back.
- Cyclists are just about impossible to see from the side! But some awesome people have these lights in the tires to make circles EVEN WHEN STILL. As a driver, I appreciate this!
- flags annoy me as a driver. They distract me from seeing the cyclist. They move around and flutter. They really piss me off because it's saying "I'm too scared of the cars but I'm not going to do the simple things like following the local laws so I have a big stupid flag that is going to wave in your face and destract you from driving safely". As a cyclist, they catch the wind which disrupts my balance.
- A better option is to learn the local cycling laws and follow them. Take the lane when you need to, keep to the cycle lane when you don't, and don't hover between the two extremes.
- Bright clothing - especially in the rain and winter.