Our brains are programmed to identify movement and utilize it to understand our surroundings, which is where biomotion becomes significant. Biomotion refers to the motion of living organisms, and it plays a vital role in how we perceive our surroundings. When it comes to cycling, understanding biomotion is crucial for staying safe on the road. Let's take a closer look at how the human brain interprets motion.
Visual Processing System:
The visual processing system is responsible for interpreting the signals from our eyes. It's comprised of multiple parts that work together to give us a complete picture of our surroundings. This is where the role of the human eye in tracking biomotion comes in. Our eyes are constantly moving, even when we're focused on a particular object. This movement helps our brain to detect movement in our environment. When we're cycling, our eyes are constantly scanning the environment for potential hazards. This is why it's important to have a clear line of sight and to be aware of our surroundings at all times. The integration of vision and motion detection is what allows us to interpret biomotion.
The brain is able to detect patterns of movement and use this to identify living organisms. This process happens almost instantly and allows us to react quickly to potential hazards. Understanding how the human brain interprets motion is just one piece of the puzzle. The other key factor is how the human brain interprets motion specific to cycling. When cycling, our body movements add another layer of complexity to the interpretation of biomotion patterns. Our cycling motions change the patterns of our biomotions. The human visual system is able to smooth out these patterns with unique neurons so that the end result still looks like a non-cycling biomotion pattern.
The brain quickly interprets that the cyclist as living object rather than some non-living object. Putting all these different factors together, it's clear why biomotion is so important for safe cycling. By highlighting our biomotion, we make it easier for other road users to see us and identify us as living organisms. This helps to reduce the risk of accidents and collisions, improves visibility on the road, and increases the perception of distance and speed.
How to Highlight Your Biomotion
So, how can we highlight our biomotion? Now that we know what biomotion is and why it is crucial for safe cycling, let's dive into the ways in which we can highlight our biomotion and make ourselves more visible on the road. Wearing biomotion-enhancing clothing and accessories is one option. This could include reflective gear or clothing with bright colors. Reflective tape, stickers, and vest are easy to find and can be easily added to your existing cycling gear. They do not have to be expensive either, a simple DIY solution can be as effective as a high-end safety vest.