If you've ever driven a car at night only to be surprised by a pedestrian or cyclist who seems to appear out of nowhere, you begin to understand just how important visibility is.
City streets have tons of distracting lights that flash or reflect. Oncoming cars have headlights that literally drown small blinkies in the contrast. Older drivers have pupils that dilate slower making picking out a dark cyclist more difficult. Young drivers are often inexperienced and inattentive. Many drivers seem to multitask, talking on the phone, texting, eating a hamburger, and adjusting the radio at the same time they should be focusing on the road. Bad weather can create blind spots for drivers due to windshield wipers that only clear part of the glass at a time.
Check out this excellent video produced by the City of Chicago to make the point:
Bicycling with children can be incredibly rewarding. You are spending quality time with them, everyone is getting exercise while enjoying the fresh air, and it's possible to have a conversation at the same time. To maximize your two-wheeled enjoyment, here are a few suggestions.