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    Don't worry, you're only invisible 22% of the time...

    The experiment saw participants wearing specialist glasses that pinpoint the exact focus of the eye by tracking microscopic movements in the cornea. This innovative experiment captured on film, enabled researchers to establish exactly where drivers focus their vision, which was often at clouds, buildings and passers-by.

    THE INVISIBLE CYCLIST: One in Five CYCLISTS UNSEEN BY MOTORISTS | Direct Line Insurance Group

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    Britain has more rigorous driver training and tests than my state has. I would not be surprised that the locals would miss a cyclist over 30% of the time. So the next question is, what visual aids work to make cyclists seen more often? A video camera shows how we look to a camera, but if the driver's attention is not grabbed, we are invisible even if we look like a Christmas tree. It does show that the cyclist's safety adage of riding like you are invisible is closer to the truth than we might like.

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    Don't worry, you're only invisible 22% of the time...

    Lol Brian. I have taken Indiana's written driving test 3 times. Never taken it once in any other state I've lived in.

    The most recent one (last month) had some bicycle-related questions. Not enough, unfortunately.

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    ^^ I have done the written tests in Ontario, Canada, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana and the Indiana Commercial one. The Indiana one was easiest (though maybe a million miles experience affects that?). The normal driver's one 13 years ago had no hand signaling questions. I don't remember a bicycle question, though there may have been. Aced them all. I figure about half of drivers would flunk if plunked down to take the test without reviewing the booklet first.

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    The Weather Channel posted this picture to announce a May snowstorm this week:



    I think I could forgive 20% of drivers not seeing Mr Snowman, depicted above. In Indiana, you must have your lights on in rain or snow. So technically he is illegal here. Ride like we are invisible not try to ride as invisible.

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    I have a 500mW Cree flashlight velcro'ed on my helmet. At night I use it to light up the trail or use the strobe flasher when riding on public roads at night. During the daytime I point it backwards and use the strobe flash as a daytime rear blinker.

    This is on top of the reflector tape around my helmet, a red 3 bulb LED blinker on my helmet, reflectorized strips on my sneakers. I have a reflectorized riding vest but I don't wear that as I don't want to be that visible.

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    ignore this. Don't worry, you're only invisible 22% of the time...-522782_10150843991463727_1894504562_n.jpg

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    RE: Don't worry, you're only invisible 22% of the time...

    http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/raf-p...each-cyclists/

    This is a good article about the eyes work at processing images.
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