Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A quick blip on riding in the normal traffic lane

The always interesting XKCD comic did an graphic on a person's visual field.  It immediately reminded me of a fundamental reason why safe cycling experts strongly suggest riding in the primary focus points of a driver ... the center of the lane.

Experiment with the graphic below to see how much less detail and color we see outside a narrow band of the focus point.  Riding to the far right often puts the cyclist in a location where they are less likely to be cognitively recognized and actively accounted for by the driver.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent graphic! Day time running lights on front and back I believe are a must for these reasons and more such as sun glare - see: