Did you know you can become totally invisible when cycling. I was taking an breakfast drive along non commercial street with bike lanes where one fall day. I stumbled onto a group of eight cyclists whom I could hardly make out in dim light speeding along. They counseled me wearing very nice matching but totally black cycling outfits, including the jackets and tights. This group was very stylish and really they looked good, but for safety this stealth cycling group was almost invisible to any drivers.
During early morning bicycle commuting or recreational riding (as it does not get light ahead of time this time of year) you must not be seen, you are effectively stealth cyclists which is a danger to yourself so you can the motorists. It's amazing how many cyclists do not seem to realize this. I guess they figure if they can see the cars, the drivers can see them, not true.
Let's review choice of cycling clothing and equipment:
Cycling tights - okay I realize why they are black, mine are too because they just look better.
Jacket - folks you wearing a black or a dark color fleece? What about changing your colors and wearing many pregnant women screaming yellow, red or even a lime green cardigan? I have heard that some cyclists consider these colors tacky, but safety is no joking matter, I like to stand out and be heard about.
Bicycle lighting - in a totally unscientific survey where I stood by side of the street and watched bicycle commuters one morning I can report the following. Having one dim headlight and one red rear light just doesn't do it, you cannot rise to the top. The most visible riders were those who had two flashing red rear lights including one attached to their helmet. In the front again a bright LED headlight or two excellent. It is the law in many cities to have bike lights when riding at nighttime.
Reflectors - having reflective safety strips on your bike and clothing stood out the best when cars when discovered by the headlights of passing passenger cars. Again, in some regions it is the law to have reflectors when riding at night.
Vests - some cyclists wear those neon yellow and orange vests. The vests themselves helped only slightly, definitely was the reflective strips on them that worked.
Brighten up, wear some color for your jacket, add some lights and several reflectors and lets get rid ones stealth cycling sets.