Yes I do have lights at night because its the law (and I think Ross was talking about daytime too also when my lights would make no difference as I don't switch them on then). But hi-viz is not a legal requirement and I would ask you also what is your
evidence, other than proof by assertion, that it makes any difference? As I've said the French made hi-viz mandatory at night and in poor visibility but the impact on their accident statistics was imperceptable.
Why am I labouring this point? Because the more we make cycling seem like a high risk activity requiring personal armour and special clothing to protect you from clear and present threats to life rather than as the Dutch do, something that is a safe part
of everyday activity in normal clothes, the more we encourage the view that it must be dangerous and "not for me".
You may not wear hi viz but I presume you have lights at night and cycle carefully. I think that’s why you haven’t been hit, not the lack of hi viz.
I think most people would agree that winter nights, dark clothes and no lights is a bad combination.
But in all the years I've not been wearing hi-viz you haven't run into me once anyway.
And what's Stephen Fry's programme got to do with it? ;-)
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if you wear hi-viz I promise not to run into you myself
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 6:39 PM
Subject: Re: [CCC] Re: Enforcement of 20mph in April
So what evidence do you have Ross that dressing like that increases cyclist safety. It seems to be an article of faith that it does but I've not found any evidence for it and some, such as the non-response
of French cyclist accident figures to mandatory hi-viz laws, that it doesn't. I would hope we would want safety advice to be evidence based.
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if you wear the same colours as your background you are invisible
do as much as you can to stand out
though hi-viz is creeping into mainstream fashion too – think of yourself that you are a la mode rather than dying for a principle
what next – refusing to have lights when it’s dark and dressing like a ninja? taking all the reflectors off your bike?
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 5:27 PM
Subject: [CCC] Re: Enforcement of 20mph in April
/begin knee-jerk rant/
Yes. Feeling pretty grumpy about today's initiative. It's a very retrogressive step to be advocating hi-viz and helmets. Cycling is not rock-climbing or working on a building site. It's just pro-social London transport. And I know we've all got our pet peeves
but Haverstock Hill's 20mph is a complete disgrace. And a quick mobile phone driving swoop on Fitzjohns in either rush hour would be dramatic. Offering safety advice. Sigh.
/end knee-jerk rant/