Cycling Safety – The Cone of Focus

Apr 29, 2020 | Bike Rodeo

blindspots

Did you know that where you position yourself on the roadway while cycling can greatly affect your safety?

Motorists spend most of their time focusing on what is in front of them in their lane. That makes sense, as that is something that can impact their safety and wellbeing.

It seems counterintuitive but due to ways in which our brains work, riding too far to the side of the road may feel safer but it means that it’s possible that the driver will not notice you at all.  It also causes you to merge in and out of traffic if you encounter a pothole, grate, parked car, etc. that you need to cycle around.

The faster the automobile is travelling, the narrower that primary cone becomes.

Be safe, be seen!

 

Where you're looking - cone of focus

 

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