Cyclists / Horse-Riders / Hi-Viz

Talk with the Island's cycling community - shouting "hello" as they approach horses can make such a positive difference to the horse's reaction, especially if the cyclists are in a big group.

Please can cyclists wear hi-viz - wearing black lycra from head-to-toe does not make it easy for other road users to see you. The same goes for all horse-riders. Hi-Viz is not expensive but it can make a VITAL difference to visibility/response times to slow down.

Initiative to educate vehicle drivers in how to pass a horse safely: pass wide and slow. http://www.bhs.org.uk/safety-and-accidents/dead-slow 

 

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Talk with the Island's cycling community - shouting "hello" as they approach horses can make such a positive difference to the horse's reaction, especially if the cyclists are in a big group.

Please can cyclists wear hi-viz - wearing black lycra from head-to-toe does not make it easy for other road users to see you. The same goes for all horse-riders. Hi-Viz is not expensive but it can make a VITAL difference to visibility/response times to slow down.

Media initiative to educate vehicle drivers in how to pass a horse safely: pass wide and slow. http://www.bhs.org.uk/safety-and-accidents/dead-slow 

by Jo on April 20, 2018 at 12:58PM

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  • Posted by toast30 April 24, 2018 at 23:00

    Cyclists should have to wear at least 30% of their outer clothing as hi vis by law.
    That would reduce the amount of cyclist collisions instantly.
  • Posted by Saoirseanbothar April 25, 2018 at 12:20

    Take a good look at the west midlands police comments about this.

    https://trafficwmp.wordpress.com/

    Here are the key extracts from the police comments, these are pretty spot on and reflect comments on motorcycle pages too:

    "Hi viz doesn’t mean highly visible and the positive “wobble”.

    Don’t think hi viz clothing will keep you seen, although hi viz has a place in some circumstances such as low light conditions, it is contrast that catches the attention of the driver. Lateral movement on the road on the approach to a junction triggers all the receptors visually that drivers need to see, recognise and subsequently react to the cyclist on the road. In low light a flashing front light doesn’t hurt either. So moving out an extra 6 or 12 inches on the approach to a junction can go a long way to making you the centre of the waiting or approaching driver’s attention, as an object moving steadily towards you in a straight line can be missed, the object that is coming towards you with some sideways movement is more easily seen by the drivers whose attention we wish to occupy.

    "drivers need to expect a zero tolerance approach for any offence involving a vulnerable road user, or an offence that could contribute to a collision involving a vulnerable road user. The only way to change driver behaviour and concentrate minds on looking out for vulnerable road users and change driving habits is through enforcement, and the resulting fear of being prosecuted. Now for those who will no doubt be spitting out their finest percolated roasted bean brew at this moment screaming “what about the cyclists !” well…….statistical analysis shows they aren’t to blame, innocent in the majority of KSI collisions it would be a waste of our time, and thus public time and money to concentrate on cyclist behaviour. The figures speak for themselves…….driver’s don’t let your prejudices get in the way of the truth……."
  • Posted by RobH April 26, 2018 at 22:59

    Doing what we think is right in road safety has changed nothing in 30 years and the hi-viz myth ticks a box for the uninitiated.

    UK statistics of RTCs involving cyclists attributes lack of visibility as less than 2% so makes a nonsense of legislating for it.

    Italian study between 2001-2015 recently published found:

    Highlights

    A bicycling visibility aids law had no influence on bicycle crash

    A bicycling visibility aids law had no influence on proportion of bicycle crash

    The law did not produce immediate effects, nor did it have any effects over time

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/[…]/S2214140518300045
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