Yes I have HiVis and for dark operations it has large reflective stips which is the Hi Vis this guy needed. The headlights would have reflected back to the driver. This guy had no Hi Vis and dark clothing on a dark bike on a major high speed regional road with no shoulders. He was in the lane. He didn't take any precautions to mitigate the risk.
Mistaken for spotties?? Have you driven on rural roads at night? Have you ever been blinded by an oncoming car with spotlights on? At that time the eye will not be able to see a paltry red light from a bike.
I know that road and that section where he was hit very very well. I lived less than 2km from there for 20 years and had been using Toodyay road for ten years prior to that. If I had to ride that road before sunrise I would have every piece of safety gear I could find including a rotating yellow light on my helmet, vehicle chaperoning behind and flag men everywhere.
Want to see that road? - here is the link http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/cyclist-killed-in-collision-with-truck-on-toodyay-road-gidgegannup/story-fnii5thn-1227221082491 He was grinding up that hill and just about to turn into Stoneville Rd which is the direct link to where he worked in Mundaring.
Want to see what people who know the road and what cyclists who have ridden that road think?
Not a road I'd be riding on though, as much as I would love to ride that route. I drive it a lot also and even in my car I get concerned.
I'd not ride that road even if there was a bike lane shoulder, as distracted drivers wander into them whilst trying to read and text on their mobiles a lot these days
As others have already said and as someone who has driven this piece of road for more than 30 years, Toodyay Road is NOT suitable for cyclists.
There are roads that cyclists just should not be riding on though, they just aren't safe enough.
When I was training for the 3 dams challenge last year I rode up Toodyay Road, and on the way back down, I swore I would never ever ride that road again. I can't tell you how scared I was and how unsafe I felt. There is no shoulder for a cyclist to ride on, the only option is right in the lane that is already too narrow for cars and trucks. Trucks are not required to use a low gear and come hurtling around the corners like they're on a race track. It was utterly terrifying.
i lived in toodyay for 10 years and traveled that road many times that road is not for bikes it has no shoulder on most of it the formation is there surely another metre of bitumin wont break the bank but then for training rides why not use g/e/hwy thats already been done
I was with a group of riders who had ridden the rode many times. I foolishly trusted their judgement. I won't make that mistake again.
Safety is a shared responsibility.
Are you aware that the WA Police Commissioner has identified cyclists "inflated sense of entitlement" as one of the hindrances to cycling safety?
Blybo you keep telling me cyclists are good at mitigating risk and that they obey the laws. I don't see it. Monday last week 19 cyclists. 8 on footpaths, 2 through red lights, 4 without helmets and one near miss (at speed) on a shared path. Yesterday just going to the shops 9 cyclists 5 on the footpath (one on a path that has signs up ordering the cyclists to use the road!), two without helmets. One lady on the footpath was without a helmet, child in the carrier on the back and a dog tied to the bike on a lead. My wife on Friday was struck by a cyclist on the footpath in Perth CBD during when there was heavy pedestrian traffic because of the Giants. When she told off the lady this person simply shrugged and crossed to the other footpath and continued.
Some roads are dangerous and, as you say, so are some road users that includes some cyclists.