The Possibility of Noticing the Cyclists Based on Reflective Effect of the Elements on the Bicycle Pedals

  • Sławomir Tarkowski
    Affiliation

    Department of Motor Vehicles, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Lublin University of Technology, Nadbystrzycka 36, 20-618 Lublin, Poland

  • Aleksander Nieoczym
    Affiliation

    Department of Machine Design and Mechatronics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Lublin University of Technology, Nadbystrzycka 36, 20-618 Lublin, Poland

  • Jacek Caban
    Affiliation

    Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Transport Machines, Faculty of Production Engineering, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Głęboka 28, 20-612 Lublin, Poland

  • Radovan Madleňák
    Affiliation

    Department of Communications, Faculty of Operation and Economics of Transport and Communications, University of Zilina, Univerzitná 8215/1, 010 26 Žilina, Slovakia

Abstract

The article presents the results of the research describing the changes of bicycle pedal angle relative to the ground, depending on the bicycle crank setting, and the impact of these parameters on detecting the reflective effect emitted by the reflective elements mounted on the bicycle pedals. The results of the road tests determining the cyclist detecting by a car driver, when bicycle is equipped only with bicycle pedals, reflective lights, illuminated with car′s passing lights are also presented. The research described in this article has been carried out for the purpose of reviewing the causes of traffic accidents, occurring at night, in the areas not illuminated by the street lights, in which the cyclists using defective bicycles (according to the regulations) took part.

Keywords: traffic accidents, cyclist′s visibility testing, car-bicycle collisions
Published online
2020-03-30
How to Cite
Tarkowski, S., Nieoczym, A., Caban, J., Madleňák, R. (2021) “The Possibility of Noticing the Cyclists Based on Reflective Effect of the Elements on the Bicycle Pedals”, Periodica Polytechnica Transportation Engineering, 49(2), pp. 132-138. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPtr.14669
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