Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez (en_ki) wrote,
Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez

On visibility.

maru_mari has a Honda Shadow now.

Being visible is an acquired skill, and one that is probably harder and definitely different on a motorcycle. Her efforts made me think about what I do on a bicycle:

- Trackstands at intersections, standing on the pedals while moving; be up off the seat any time except when I'm head-down spinning or just killing time.

- Look where I intend to go, look the driver in the eye to establish that they see me and are braking (but don't look long enough to give the impression that they have a choice), then look where I intend to go.

- Subway Face: a nice cold facial expression that says "you are made of meat, but I am not currently hungry" is optional but sometimes helpful.

- Once I'm looking where I'm going to go, go already. (Don't give them time to think "hey, I could hit the gas now and intimidate that guy".) I watch for bozos in my peripheral vision and stop/dodge if they're doing something stupid.

What do you do on a bike, motor or otherwise, to get people to see you and not hit you while you get to go where you want to go? Does it work?

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