Outdoor Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA-2010) report cites 69% of pedestrian fatalities occurred at night, with the most dangerous hours between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., that time after work when most runners, walkers, and cyclists take to the roads.  

ONE MILLION  runners, walkers and cyclists were hit by motorists (2008 NHSTA 2-year report). Only 40% of pedestrians make any attempt to be visible in the dark compared to the 70% of cyclists, pedestrians still make up 50% of all accidents involving motorists.  There are many choices for high visibility clothing and accessories out there and the

Tips for the science of night vision:

  • Our eyes are most sensitive to the color yellow just before and during dusk – not traffic cone orange
  • Once our eyes adapt to the dark, they are most sensitive to the color green
  • -Wearing reflective elements at specific locations on the torso, hands, and feet improve pedestrian conspicuity using a concept called biological motion – but reflectivity only works if there are headlights on you