Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Palm Beach County, Fla.
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I'm a commuter who doesn't own a car. I used to wear a hi-viz jacket, but now I wear a gray-and-black Roadcrafter. But I have always worn a solid-white helmet (currently an Arai RX-Q in "diamond white"). No pattern, just white. And I think a white helmet does the same job as a hi-viz jacket. People notice it. Maybe they're pausing for a second to make sure I'm not a cop, but I think it's more likely that the white helmet pops out of the background.
Another benefit of the white helmet is that drivers can see head movement better than with a helmet with graphics on it. They can see when I do a shoulder check. And when I'm proceeding straight through an intersection, and a driver is pausing to turn right on red to go in my direction, I look at them, give a stern "no" shake of my head, and it freezes them and they wait to turn until after I pass. Because they notice my head moving.
I'm all for hi-viz jackets and they work great, but don't discount the effectiveness of a solid-white helmet.
Also, I agree with goat12: Some cops, when they see highly visible ATGATT, they switch off the part of their brain that says, "Hooligan alert! Pay close attention." Not all cops, though. I haven't been ticketed on my motorcycle, but I've had a couple of cops pull up next to me at stoplights and berate me for riding too fast around traffic circles and how they've had to remove dead motorcyclists off the road with a shovel. I just nod and say, "Yes, officer," while thinking, "That's why I'm wearing a 'Stich, idiot." A few cops can't tell the difference between ATGATT and a pirate outfit.
Last edited by Holden; 01-30-2015 at 10:34 AM.