....in 2011, Everybody!
Judging by the weather of late, it appears that (as of this writing, anyway) this year's riding season has basically already started (at least in some parts of the lower 48 states).
I hope everybody else out there has a safe, fun--and mainly crash free--riding season this year...
To that end, I'd like to submit the following video as food for thought:
Unfortunately, it's each rider's total responsibility for his/her own personal safety while riding. This is of course especially true if you are a spouse--and even more so if you are a parent (with any kids still living at home).
Since a main threat to each of us is a world full of distracted cell phone users, texters and other multi-tasking drivers, I'd like to encourage each of you (after viewing the above video) to think about what you wear whenever you ride (like maybe fluorescent colored and/or reflective gear), and also what accessories you might add to your bike if you haven't already (for instance...fork-mounted driving lights, additional LED marker lights front and rear, or additional/strobing LED brake lights)....that would better "grab" others' attention--and basically put them in a "ha--made you look" situation.
A number of us here on this forum have proven that our Vulcan's charging system actually has enough spare capacity to handle some additional LED lights...and also driving lights...assuming that these extra lights aren't overdone.
Obviously, I don't think anyone who reads this really wants to be the basic equivalent of the "bear" while in traffic.
Nothing (thus far, anyway) works 100% of the time--and always positioning your bike where others can best see you is also incredibly important--but my real point here is that a rider can be very proactive in doing a number of different things to help ensure others truly see you and are less likely to cut you off (or even hit you) in traffic.
One easy example: the extra effort to put on an inexpensive fluorescent safety vest is far easier and cheaper than a trip to the hospital (or worse) simply because someone else "didn't see you" in time.
Anyway, just some food for thought...as we begin this year's riding season.