Here's a copy of a letter I just sent off to Bicycling Magazine. It
occurred to me that maybe the Bike Ped Coalition could apply for a grant,
buy and distribute a bunch of neon shirts/jerseys with some logo and
"Share the Road" on the back to any walkers/cyclists who feel a need.
Richard H. Bernstein
1962 Prindle Road
Charlotte, Vt. 05445
135 N. 6th St.
Emmaus, PA 18098
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The Style section of the October, 99, issue of Bicycling asks us, "How
long before fluorescent colors are where it's at again?" As a cyclist
and a physician, my answer is, "The sooner the better." Because what may
be gross as a fashion statement rates the highest on the visibility
scale, announcing to motorists hundreds of feet behind, "Here I am. I
belong here. Watch out for me."
The plain fact is that most of us ride on the roads. Here we are too
often subjected to one of the motorists' 3 "A's" of driving impairment:
Anger, Alcoholism, and Attention Deficit. We need to scream out our
presence and hope we are acknowledged.
The old saying unfortunately remains true--whether the stone hits the
window or the window hits the stone, it looks bad for the window.
Cyclists should not emulate the window. Yet today's stylish jerseys
often rival camouflage hunting clothes for jumbled earth tone
invisibility. As Patrick Henry might say, were he living and riding
today, "Give me Neon or give me death." As for me, I'll take the Neon,
whenever I can.
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