That's nice. But if I came upon such a person and wanted to make their
cycling safer, I'd first offer them a copy of _Street Smarts_ by John
Allen. If necessary, I'd go over the major points with them. It's much
better to avoid crashing, instead of trying to protect from a crash's
If I wanted to give them more safety related stuff, I'd add a cheap LED
taillight, one that uses disposable batteries. Disposables last longer
and are more available to many people compared to USB chargers.
My next addition would be a headlight. Again, disposable batteries, and
for most people's use it does NOT need to have hundreds and hundreds of
lumens. Having any legal light is far more important than melting the
asphalt. (Generator lights are great for the long term, but many people
can't handle the mechanical and electrical installation.)
I'd consider a rear view mirror next, since so many people ride facing
traffic because they're afraid of getting killed from behind.
Helmets are wildly over-promoted. As olympian cyclist and current bike
advocate Chris Boardman has said, helmets are not even in the top ten
measures for safer cycling.
I'd be happy to mail you a few copies of _Street Smarts_ if you let me
know your address. (Mine are customized for Ohio, but there's not much
difference.) Contact me at Gmail.
- Frank Krygowski