Require all road users to be easily visible

Require ALL road users to ensure they are easily visible to other road users i.e. hi-viz/ reflective clothing for cyclists & horse-riders (& pedestrians if they're on the road); use of lights and reflectors for all vehicles, cyclists & horse-riders; and pedestrians to walk facing the traffic if they're on the road.

Why the contribution is important

It will reduce accidents if road-users can see each other easily (and are obliged to do so). This is about road safety not 'rights'.

by ImprovingIoM on April 13, 2018 at 10:08AM

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  • Posted by Saoirseanbothar April 25, 2018 at 11:30

    Take a read of the attached document which explains the victim blaming involved in this concept. The rules of the road are simple in requiring drivers to be able to stop in the distance they can see in. High viz is irrelevant in that context, sheep after all do not have high viz and are a regular occurrence on our roads.

    https://issuu.com/thepsychologist/docs/0912
  • Posted by Saoirseanbothar April 25, 2018 at 11:59

    https://trafficwmp.wordpress.com/category/traffic-blog/

    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……."
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