Low support for high-vis requirement
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 6:09p.m.
By Emma Jolliff
A coroner's recommendation that all cyclists should be forced to wear high-visibility clothing has been met with widespread cynicism.
Cycling advocates say there's doubt it would improve safety.
Pippa Coom of Frocks On Bikes says visibility is important for cyclists but there are other ways to be visible on a bicycle than wearing a high-visibility vest.
“I wear skirts on my bike, I wear high heels, and motorists definitely notice me. Far more than if I was wearing a high-vis jacket and lycra,” she says.
It's a light-hearted take on a serious issue. Last year eight cyclists were killed on our roads.
Wellington coroner Ian Smith has recommended:
The recommendations were in response to the death of road safety police boss Steve Fitzgerald at a Petone roundabout four years ago.
He was wearing reflective stripes on his clothing and had lights on his bike when he was hit.
But the Government says it doesn't want to mandate one item of clothing.
“There are a number of things cyclists already do, wearing headlamps, other reflective bands, lights on bikes,” says Associate Minister of Transport Michael Woodhouse.
The Cycling Advocacy Network (CAN) doesn't want mandatory high-vis clothing either.
“There's really no evidence that forcing people to wear high-vis all the time, on the waterfront or cycle trails, is an effective road safety improvement,” says CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan.
Cyclist James Watson doesn't want to wear high-vis clothes, but thinks it's a good idea.
“It's really, really dangerous on the roads. I grew up in London and cycled every day and it's deadly here,” he says.
But Ms Coom says the attention on what cyclists should do and wear is misdirected because the majority of accidents are caused by motorists.
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28/02/2013 1:57:52 a.m.
The problem isn't cyclists not being visible, it's more an awareness problem. Drivers either don't always expect to see cyclists so aren't always looking for them which is understandable but definitely needs tobe addressed. Also for road cyclists, drivers often underestimate the speed they are travelling which is more of a problem than drivers just not noticing.
20/02/2013 11:09:12 p.m.
There's a whole range off things : backing up from your drive:" not using the mirrors - turn your head to the right loking at your back window - 3d vieuw !!!Saves live's - also behind a bike turning left ? just wait .. stay behind ..Alway's "cut short " when turning left in to a street making sure that now is there on forehand ...Whe are in the car so a wee bit faster ... I hope that the person on the bike take's the same responsibility not talking to his mate - side by side ....! (lol) Don't have that much space mate !!!!Yep they use the road 2 ! Just remember :" I,m the ONLY ONE " who drive's -- the rest are "plonkers "-- Keep that 1 in mind wen you step on your bike or in the car - that,s how you look after your people....
20/02/2013 11:36:32 a.m.
Far better to enforce the use of cycle lanes and keep cyclists away from other traffic.
19/02/2013 8:32:52 p.m.
What we really need is license plates for cycles. Almost every day I see dangerous and illegal antics by cyclists. Most of them seem to regard the road rules as optional. No wonder so many are killed. It is time they were held to account.
16/02/2013 10:09:55 a.m.
Do coroners get paid to come up with pointless recommendations?, this idiot should be fired, lets just make everyone wear motorcycle helmets and sumo suits!. 1 metre between a car and a cyclist?, so its better to have a head-on collision than get too close to a cyclist????, what an idiot.
16/02/2013 12:56:19 a.m.
it is hard to see cyclists some times tho..just like cars when they dont have their lights on..im too scared to cycle around the city because i dont trust the drivers out there..if you could decrease your chance of getting hit and killed by the idiots on the roads by wearing one of these things, why wouldnt you?
15/02/2013 7:11:40 p.m.
yip they tried this on motorcyclists a while bac.. but some of us got up and started protesting. But ya never heard about it.. Motorcyclists hav been carved up with glo vests on , and with lights on,, the glo vest will not work because it will not stop them from hitting you,it will not stop the drivers with bad ethics... and it will not save you. yes 4 years woman were told it was there fault there head got in the way of there husbands fist , but in the end , they had to get up and demand they stop the people that were hitting them . i know all about it .. a dangerous driver hit me,, head on @ a combines speed of 240 ks perhour.. on my bike Moter bike.. he was on the wrong side of the road ,,, yet i pay more levies so he can stay on the road , and protected 4 life.
15/02/2013 6:32:25 p.m.
I will be wearing one of these. When the people who decide what I wear when I ride... walk around with a rubber on there head. And I dont mean one that rub's out mistakes on paper. If I have to look like a dick, so can you.
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