irc wrote:mjr wrote: the best available research suggests that you are more likely to be a casualty if you follow that advice.
Interesting. Any link?
It's not one neat package. It's titbits like the ones Vorpal linked and things like http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/12855/ and some of Ian Walker's research and so on.
mjr wrote:Also assuming this is true can you suggest a mechanism why. I'd suggest that like helmets any effect is so small that it is very hard to measure. Cyclist accidents are rare anyway. So the subset where hi-viz might make a difference is a fraction of an already small number. Then there are many other factors to control for.
I agree it's very hard to measure. My suspicion is that light-coloured clothing is more likely to be camouflage especially out here in rural areas where yellows are common, while motorists classify hi-vis users as "no action required at this time" when they first see them and "already dealt with that" thereafter, so fail to react at the appropriate time.