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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,734 ✭✭✭Large bottle small glass


    In urban and streetlight areas, cycling without lights probably doesn't add all that much to the general risks associated with cycling. It must add some risk though.

    I've occasionally met commuting cyclists in the evening time on some pretty risk high speed national secondary roads. Including the two below

    https://goo.gl/maps/oG8sJarbvWEkgVVx6

    https://goo.gl/maps/X46pgjAayYXWXTuZ6

    In the second one above the cyclist was on his way to Carr's hill at about 6pm on a Friday evening in winter. I was cycling the other way on my regular (at the time) weekend commute to west Waterford. I partially admired his ambivalence to my perception of risk😁



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,106 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder


    the road i mentioned was the R130 past kilcoskan, which goes over the flyover into what was meant to be thornton prison, off the old N2 - it's used on a circuit by swords CC, so a few here would know it. there are two sharp bends on it, but would have heavy traffic at times.

    it can get pretty dark, the road is almost overhung completely by trees in sections.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@53.4677791,-6.3403617,3a,75y,22.11h,101.99t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sxfewfVA6URTmxEH-mMrv9w!2e0!7i16384!8i8192



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,734 ✭✭✭Large bottle small glass


    The n72 I linked would have circa 400 vehicles/hour at peak time, 6-7 per minute.

    Not my idea of a safe or pleasant cycle with or without lights on a road without a hard shoulder.

    The actual risk may in fact be higher on a lower traffic volume road as the outlier driver won't be inhibited by other vehicles and may in fact travel faster and not be warned by other drivers as typically happens when people flashing/indicating to warn.

    If its a very quite (as in an empty road) its possible to cycle in the dark without that much risk. When I used to mtb at night in the forest I often turned off lights on slight downhill sections as deer tend to be super unpredictable when they see bright lights.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,456 ✭✭✭...Ghost...


    If you're going to quote me, how about you actually quote what I said. I did not say there are more bikes without lights than cars without properly maintained lights. You took two separate sentences and melded them together to suit your narrative. What I said was

    "There are plenty of motorists who fail to maintain or at times, turn on their lights." <= [See the full stop? That means end of statement/sentence.] I then went on to say....."There are however a greater number of cyclists without lights on their bike. I don't excuse motorists who don't use their lights properly, but who needs to be seen if it were one or the other?"

    So, I pointed out that there are plenty of motorists who don't maintain or even turn on their lights. I have seen it often, as I assume you have too. I then pointed out that there are more cyclists without lights on their bike. The majority of cyclists on our roads do not have lights on their bikes. Anyone with eyes can see this to be true.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,615 ✭✭✭John_Rambo


    "Anyone with eyes can see this to be true"

    Imagine they had no lights and we couldn't see them.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,965 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk


    Are cyclists actually getting into accidents in the dark because of no lights though? For all the talk about it I don't think they are. It only seems to be pedestrians killed by motorists at night, another one last night in Tullamore.



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,646 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle


    I actually can't though, although I strongly presume your location plays a strong role in this. If you mean by pure numbers, not percentages, there are more motorists with issues than there are cyclists in total. Out in the countryside, light use by cyclists at night time is >99% in my experience, south east and midlands, but it does drop as you come into towns and cities. Presumably because many can see fine they think that everyone else can see them. Lowest areas I have seen in regards light usage is around places like UCD, where it probably drops to 60%, and even then, a few of these are like motorists, they have lights but never turned them on.

    On a similar note, out in the country, it happens but most motorists will have their lights on properly but its probably a slightly lower % than cyclists but negligible. A few with DRLs, a few with only one light, and on occasion, one with no lights, rare as it is. An odd one is drivers knocking off their lights at junctions to see if they need to stop. Recently this ended up with two neighbours driving into each other at a cross road, I suspect it was more than lights that were the issue but thats a different story. This, just like cyclists, seems to decrease as you get close to towns and cities, with issues like DRLs or no lights at all becoming quite common.

    This long story is to highlight, that all this whataboutery is just that. Its just people being people, it is not cyclists or motorists. Some are ignorant, some are stupid, some think they are smart but they aren't but their mode of transport only highlights the issue, it doesn't cause it.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,456 ✭✭✭...Ghost...


    Once again you throw out words as if I said them. I didn't say we should make anything the main focus. Whatever about priorities, I would hope that cyclists AND motorists do what they can do themselves to prevent serious injury or death on our roads. As a cyclist, this means being seen among other things relating to safety. As a motorist, lets face it, they can worry a bit less about their personal safety, as the car offers a reasonable level of protection, especially in a collision with a cyclist.

    If you don't agree that using lights and reflective devices on bikes and on the cyclist in an effort to be seen by motorists falls within the realm of common sense, then I don't know what to say to you. I wouldn't be waiting for a published study before using lights, a vest and a helmet while cycling.

    If we want teenagers to obey the law regarding bicycles, there needs to be a set of consequences for not following the law. I find it funny that you ridicule my comment for a lack of study or research....then you throw out a statement about teens mostly cycling around well lit urban environments. Where is the published study you gleamed this from?

    I don't need to see teens from space, but it would be helpful and prudent of them if they used front and back lights at a minimum, because they're not always parked underneath these lamp posts, waiting for cars to pass by. Sometimes the best you can hope for is to see the light from their phone while they browse tik-tok and cycle carelessly across the road without looking.

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,646 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle


    MOD WARNING: I am going to look at the use of the word reflective as someone trying to skirt around the HI Vis ban. Lights are the only thing up for discussion here, do not mention Hi Vis or reflective devices or reflective clothing again, anyone, even in response to another poster that says it takes a perma ban at this point.



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,887 ✭✭✭✭Flinty997


    I know where they are because of looking at the statistics of both cycling numbers and accidents. Similarly with the cause of accidents from that data aswell. It's been discussed and quoted for years on these forums



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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,456 ✭✭✭...Ghost...


    The distraction seems to be for you and others on the thread to continually default to bad driver behaviour. One could be forgiven to think they are in the motors forum with all the deflection going on.

    There is no excuse for a driver to use their phone while driving, or to put on make-up while driving, or read a book, or anything else that takes their attention off the road.

    If a cyclist chooses not to make the effort to be more easily seen, then they more likely to get a smack of a car by the driver who just might have seen them had they (as required by law) used appropriate lighting on their bicycle.

    Motorists have huge restrictions, responsibilities and costs placed on them for using a car. They are expected to have the car in a road worthy condition, including working lights. I'm not responsible for the drivers who don't maintain their cars, or who use their mobile phones. I am responsible for what I do and I take responsibility for how my kids use their bicycles. If idiots want to take a bigger risk and cycle without lights and other safety equipment, that is on them. Blame the driver for the dead cyclist with no lights, but it's still a dead cyclist.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,965 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk


    has there ever been a case recorded of a cyclist killed at night with no lights in Ireland?



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,456 ✭✭✭...Ghost...


    My Uncle was one. About 20 years ago now. It didn't form any statistic about lights afair. Driver didn't see him crossing a junction.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,945 ✭✭✭cletus


    If we're giving lessons in English,

    however

    /haʊˈɛvə/

    adverbs

    1. Used to introduce a statement that contrasts with or seems to contradict something that has been said previously.


    So, the two sentences that I quoted are directly linked with the adverb above. The second sentence is set up in direct contrast to the first sentence


    Perhaps you were unaware of the use of, or correct meaning of, the word "however".

    Or perhaps you are still deflecting.



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,965 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk


    right well i'm just making the point that any deaths on bikes I can think of in Ireland have been during the day and i keep a close eye on this stuff. this invisible cyclist thing sure gets harped on about a lot when there doesn't seem to be a problem in the first place.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,615 ✭✭✭John_Rambo


    Very very very few, but people will jump up and down & continually deflect from bad driver behaviour.



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,965 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk


    If anything they should be getting angry about pedestrians not wearing high vis, they seem to be killed regularly at night, 2 in the last few days.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,456 ✭✭✭...Ghost...


    Often used as an alternative word to emphasise Professor Cletus. As with many words, they have many meanings and uses. Full stops are pretty definite however. 😁


    "What is the rule with however?

    When you use however, furthermore, moreover or therefore as intensifiers or for emphasis, we usually put commas around both sides of them. We, however, do not agree with the verdict. You can, therefore, do whatever you like."

    Source: writing-skills.com

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,456 ✭✭✭...Ghost...


    I haven't seen anyone here defending motorist behaviours.

    I haven't seen anyone on here defending bad driver behaviour. I have both agreed that it's prevalent and condemn it. Why do some cyclists find it hard to accept any responsibility for their own safety? The immediate thing seems to be to blame the motorist. Well, that's all well and good until it matters.

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  • Moderators, Politics Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,269 Mod ✭✭✭✭Chips Lovell


    Final warning about the thread topic. No more whataboutery



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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,615 ✭✭✭John_Rambo


    You'd have to ask a cyclist. As a motorist I find a lot of motorists will deflect to cyclists when it comes to bad behaviour on the road particularly online and on social media.



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,965 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk


    which makes no sense at all as they're not harming anyone and they are a net benefit to society, keeping people fit etc., no congestion, fumes etc. etc.

    i can never understand why they're so loathed.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,945 ✭✭✭cletus


    Adjectives tend to be proper intensifiers. "However" is an intensifier only insofar as it is used for contrast.

    If you take your sentence with the word "however" in it, it doesn't make sense as a stand-alone statement. The "however" can only be in contrast to what you previously said.

    While I enjoy talking about English grammar, it's still deflection.

    Lets look at some things you could have said that aren't deflection;

    I don't have statistics to back up my claim.

    It seems to me that there are more bikes without lights than cars with poorly maintained lights.

    Both drivers and cyclists should ensure they have functioning lights.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,501 ✭✭✭at1withmyself


    But who is deflecting? No one is saying the main focus should be on cyclist or drivers, everyone has personal responsibility to be safe and seen at night time.

    Just because cyclist are not dying or drivers are doing something wrong does not equate to cyclist breaking the law not being important.

    The only deflection I see on this thread is cyclist giving out about motorist. Why can't people just accept that it is wrong to cycle without lights at night and that's OK to agree it's not right, no need to find a bigger wrong. We don't need to turn every thread into them vs. us, it's getting very tiring at this stage.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,456 ✭✭✭...Ghost...


    Interpret my however however you like. 😊

    Saying deflection doesn't make it so. Coming from someone who won't admit that a well lit cyclist is more easily seen is rather rich. It puts everything you say into the nonsense category. You call for proof and publications of what a reasonable person considers common knowledge and common sense while blurting out your own unproven comments and stating them as fact because "oh well they're been discussed on these forums for years". Get on yer bike and keep pedaling 😂

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,887 ✭✭✭✭Flinty997


    Some of us have looked at the stats and studies relating to cycling safety and know that even if you are lit up like Xmas tree. Someone who isn't looking isn't going to see you. Even if they do see you see their actions have far greater influence on safety than yours.

    The issue with putting disproportionate emphasis on the least influential factor, is you take the attention away from the most influential factor.

    Lights when cycling in the dark is an existing legal requirement.

    Post edited by Flinty997 on


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,945 ✭✭✭cletus


    If you have a look back over this thread, I've made no comments about well lit cyclists being easier to see, or otherwise. If you'd like to point out any post I've made that you feel is unproven, please feel free.


    When you can't find such posts, however, feel free to apologise.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,945 ✭✭✭cletus


    When I'm talking about deflection, I'm specifically referring to an assertion made by ...Ghost...

    When I questioned his assertion, he deflected in response, rather then directly answering the question.

    Nobody else spoke about deflection, and definitely not in terms of the overall thread



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,646 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle


    I don't think anyone here is condoning cyclists not using lights at nighttime. In fact I'd wager that almost everyone here would be in favour of it and if not actively encouraging of it, definetly do so themselves while cycling. The pointless back and forth here is seemingly a misunderstanding. Those saying its not an issue worth focusing on are getting misinterpretted as saying it doesn't matter, rather than, since we can't do everything due to lack of Garda enforcement or whatever, lets focus on things that statistically are causing issues rather than what are effectively irritations. I say this as someone who hates cyclists without lights but if I was asked by a TD at my door where we should put our limited resources in road traffic enforcement, it wouldn't be top of my list. Do I still want beat cops to pull over cyclists without lights and fine them. You bet your ass I do. For two very simple reasons aside from my belief its safer for everyone if you have decent lights. Firstly, if you didn't see a garda in uniform when cycling, and didn't try and avoid them, you weren't cycling with due care and attention, and deserve a punishment, and also, it is the standard we have set, for your own protection, if you are in an accident, you bet your ass their solicitor is going to ride you like a donkey through the court for not having lights, even if it was a well lit area.

    TLDR wouldn't it be great if we could have more Gardai with a more streamlined system that doesn't put them off enforcing road traffic offences, without specific targets who just went out and fined everyone acting the maggot. One day just sit on the N11 and stop everyone who does everything wrong. Between all road users I could easily get 100 tickets for all road users every 20 minutes outside my workplace, the only limiting factor would be my documentation speed.



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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,106 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder


    ^^this

    as i mentioned earlier in the thread; when you ask cyclists what you think would make cycling safer, you get different answers to what non-cyclists would give. which is obvious; they've different perspectives on the matter.

    or another way; which do i think gardai should focus on? (and i think they should do both) - 1) stop and lecture/punish/etc. cyclists at night with no lights, or 2) formalise a way for cyclists to submit footage of incidents?

    and i wish there was some way to fine companies like deliveroo for 'their' cyclists not having lights, but the problem is deliveroo et al have done their best to ensure that they're not 'their' cyclists.



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