JSCL wrote:Ditch the lights and whack a speaker on your handlebars, booming out a siren. What could possibly go wrong!?
Sometimes I see this rasta guy riding along in the city centre with a trailer holding a boombox and amp blasting out reggae. Could be something to consider!
As cyclists we obviously have a responsibility to make ourselves clearly visible at night, something a good set of LED lights can sort out, but motorists driving at night also have a responsibility to remember that there could be cyclists around and so they should drive sensibly, unfortunately as we all know that's not always the case. It's just a case of being diligent, respecting yourself and others.
If someone is going to drive irresponsibly (just as if someone is going to cycle irresponsibly with no precautions taken for the dark, for instance) there's not much you can do to change that.
I have worn both an all black jacket and black bib knickers, and a white rain jacket with reflective strips all over it, at night and haven't really noticed cars behaving any differently. Most pass reasonably safely, then there are always the couple that are too close or try to be clever and take a junction/turn early. However, I don't think you can argue that hi-vis is somehow ineffective, it's just one good option to improve your visibility. That said, I think modern bike lights alone are more than enough to do the job.