Suburban Assault

Riding Against The Sun

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Riding Into The Sun

When I think about bike safety on the road, I feel being visible is just as important as being aware and being predictable. This is especially important in the early morning and late afternoon hours – when the sun is rising or setting. I often think about how the low sun was believed to be a factor in the death of a local a cyclist Anthony Mungioloi in 2009. Knowing that the low sun affects the visibility of those on the road, I try to choose my routes accordingly.

Fortunately for me, most of my commutes move away from the sun. The blinding light is to my back and not impairing the view of those who may be approaching me. Having a fancy orange vest doesn’t hurt either.

Sunset Commute

Written by dickdavid

April 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm

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  1. Without a doubt! This is really key to recognize and one that we don’t think about much because when the sun is not impairing us, it could be significantly impairing people in the opposite direction.

    Another strategy that works well in Dallas and grid cities like Plano and Richardson is to take a North/South route for 15-20 minutes while the sun is most blinding. Then switch back to the East/West as your route requires.

    Yet another strategy that I learned from CyclingSavvy! 🙂


    April 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    • GREAT ADVICE! One of these days I’ll make it to the class. The April session is in conflict with my anniversary and a commitment to the BikeDFW class. May is looking good, however.

      It’ll be nice to have both courses under my belt and to do a nice comparison of the two.


      April 23, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      • Fantastic! Looking forward to having you. I think it’ll be great for you to compare them as well.

        We will be taking a break after the May class until sometime this fall (probably after August) to wait for the heat to go away.


        April 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

  2. Even more than usual, when moving away from the sun, the danger is ahead. Keep that in mind.

    Steve A

    April 24, 2012 at 4:33 am

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