The Science behind the Leglite
Keys to Success of the Leglite®
Humans are designed to pick up ‘Biological Motion’ (even from infancy) and it is this motion that tells us that there is person moving and that we should avoid it if we are in a vehicle. “You want that driver to know exactly what direction you’re traveling in and predict where you will be when you arrive,” said Rick Tyrrell, professor of psychology at Clemson University. “Biological motion helps a driver predict the future.” In this case it is the placement of a reflective, high visibility product that is as important as wearing it alone.
As cars lights are dipped and directed towards the verge; exactly where cyclists, pedestrians and joggers are; Leglites will reflect back to the driver from up to 300 meters away. Also as the leg or arm is usually in motion it is a good place for a reflective, high vis garment. That’s because the up-and-down motion from pedaling, or the movement from a leg or arm while walking, running, can catch the eye of the motorist much more than a large reflective strip across the back, which can appear stationary.
It is reflective, not high-visibility, clothing that is the answer to being seen in the hours of darkness. However during the hours of daylight, high visibility clothing especially fluorescent yellow is of particular use.
These garments can pick up lights from cars/sunlight/ambient street lights. The effect of the Leglite® makes the person obvious to the driver who is behind the lights of the vehicle. As cyclists (joggers/walkers/riders) we cannot see how visible we are as we are the ones wearing (or not wearing as the case may be) reflective, high vis garments – this is not the case for the driver behind the wheel of the vehicle.
The Leglite ® can protect your trouser leg from getting caught in the chain of a bicycle and splash from the road. The garment is light-weight and easily stored away, perfect for commuter cyclists (runners, pedestrians, riders) and those that cover longer distances. The lower half of the leg stays warmer in winter and it protects from the sun in summer.