Do you wear Hi Vis (High Visibility) clothing or adornments?
Personally I'm a big fan of High Visibility clothing when cycling and never go anywhere without a bright coloured top, usually with reflective panels or stripes.
If I’m riding somewhere and don’t wish to stand out when I get there, I’ll slip on my fluorescent Hi Vis wait coat – easily folds to nothing and sits inside my helmet when I arrive.
I just figure that the more visible I am, the more easily I can be seen and the safer I’ll be.
I always feel somewhat puzzled though when I see people that look like they are trying to make themselves invisible to drivers.
Case example being - when driving into the Central Market around sunset last night I saw a man with a black bike, black pants, grey top and black and grey backpack. Perfectly colour coordinated but at dusk, on a grey road he was almost impossible to see. No lights or fluorescent straps to help him be seen in the peak hour traffic.
At night I see some people riding with great headlights and flashing rear lights and feel quite envious of these safety features. I don’t ride at night because lights of this quality (while I’m sure they are good value for money) are not cheap and I wouldn’t feel safe enough with something more affordable.
I wear hi-vis jersey and a wind jacket that is painful to look at when I commute to work and back. I figure that I already look totally daft in my cycling gear, I might as well do what I can to stay safe by being more visible.
Man, if I was driving/riding on that road I wouldn't know which way or where to look either, its a death trap. Parking bays for people turning right. Stop lines when exiting the intersection. No lines when entering the intersection. Difficult to see traffic lights only on the far side of the intersection. All the hi-viz in the world wouldn't help! Better to get off and push.
I know, everyone drives on the wrong side of the road in North American diagram land.
Dean, suggest you add if vests are mesh or solid material. I made my own vest from basketball mesh, when I could not find mesh safety vests. Told that a work standard for solid colour / material, and mesh cycling vests no longer available.
Heather this is mesh from Cell.
Michael, cheaper than making your own. But then my vest is special with even more reflective strips than the one pictured above.
I wonder if AC could add a Hi Vis cycling vest - possibly with an AC logo - to compliment the other offerings for cycling attire?
For me, a small pocket with zip at the rear would be good - so that the whole light weight vest could fold into the pocket for easy storage. It's a shame that mesh is not available - breathes so much better..
What do others think??
These days there appears to be anti-discrimination legislation in Australia for most minorities, except for cyclists who are doing their bit to cap road congestion, air pollution and climate change. Still legal in Australia for journalists, comedians and other celebrities to publicly state anti-cyclist messages, including suggesting using your car to hit cyclists. Then there are the cyclist-unaware authorities, like the police officer who stated on TV after a truck killed a cyclist, that bicycles should not be on Port River Expressway when it is legal to cycle there.