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Low Light Running Survey (Read 282 times)

PSURunningTech


    Hello fellow runners!

     

    I'm part of a group of business and engineering students at Portland State University doing research on low-light running (pre-dawn or post-sunset).  We're ultimately trying to develop gear that will help you, as runners, be better seen while running in low-light conditions.

     

    We would LOVE if you all could take 5 minutes to fill out the anonymous survey below in order for us to get a better look at your experiences with running in low-light.

     

    Low Light Running Survey

     

    This is NOT a "drive-by survey".  We really want to create a dialog with you, our fellow runners, to help meet your needs in every possible way.

     

    Many thanks to you all in advance!

    StellarsJJayS


      A flashlight /headlight and reflective gear is all that is needed.  No surveys required!

      There is only one acceptable pace...all out suicide...

      ...and today is a good day to die!

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      Half Fanatic #846

        I just like to take surveys.   Especially about shoes.

        I can do 440 in 220            90% of running is half mental            I ran half of my last race on my left foot!

         

        PSURunningTech


          Haha.  Regardless of whether or not a survey is required, we appreciate you taking the time to read this post and (hopefully) taking our survey!

          Chris Pinney


            my problem is not being seen its seeing where my foot is going to land.my dream would be a miniature helicopter flying 8 feet in front of me and perhaps to feet above my headwith a nice quality downlight it could be controlled by GPS or Bluetooth or something.you should work on that


            an amazing likeness

              Answered the survey for you. When do I get my $50 Amazon gift card?

              Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless


              Slow and Steady

                Happy to contribute, as I do most of my 25ish miles a week before the sun has risen!

                 

                And geez, @milktruck, don't be so greedy with the $50 Amazon gift card. You know that $20 would be sufficient. :P

                Eric S.

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                HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

                  How many pages is the survey? How many questions?

                  It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.

                    I run in low light a lot. Aside from gear to make me seen from drivers, the best thing I found to improve my low light running was to pick up my feet so I don't trip on anything. No equipment was required.

                      The problem for me isn't seeing where I am going it is the stupid drivers that either aren't paying attention or deliberately swerve toward you.

                       

                      Can someone do a survey of drivers to find this out?  Something like-

                       

                      why do you swerve at runners?

                       

                      1) I am a moron

                      2) I am an a-hole

                      3) I am too busy texting

                      4) all of the above


                      an amazing likeness

                        The problem for me isn't seeing where I am going it is the stupid drivers that either aren't paying attention or deliberately swerve toward you.

                         

                        Can someone do a survey of drivers to find this out?  Something like-

                         

                        why do you swerve at runners?

                         

                        Over the years I've asked a driver or two who have seemingly "swerved" at me "What's up with that?" when our paths crossed at the next stop sign. Yeah, not always the most fruitful conversations...but from a few I did learn that they are trying to figure out what the odd lights were in the road and just looking carefully to get it sorted out.  Most of the reflective runner stuff today is all odd lines and zags -- there isn't anything that outlines your shape to make it easy for drivers to have a quick realization of "person in road".

                         

                        Sure, there's the "get out of the road you a-hole..." driver as well.

                        Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless

                          I like to think running in the dark trains me to look where I am going rather than admire my feet, which I can't see very well when there isn't much light.

                          SillyC


                            I'm worried about sexual assault.  And dogs.

                             

                            One thing that typically happens to me on predawn runs?  People let their dogs out to pee, and then they are standing in the door with a coffee and a towel skirt on.  I'm getting chewed up, and they are all, "Fido, fido, bad dog" and won't even come out to help.  About every six months or so, I'll get bit.

                              Can someone do a survey of drivers to find this out?  Something like-

                               

                              why do you swerve at runners?

                               

                              1) I am a moron

                              2) I am an a-hole

                              3) I am too busy texting

                              4) all of the above

                               

                              Yes.  I too would like to see such a survey!

                              - Joe

                              We are fragile creatures on collision with our judgment day.

                              jimmyb


                                This is what I use. They work great. You wouldn't believe all the night animals you can see when running with these. I just have to remember to Bodyglide my nose:

                                 

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