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Should High Visibility Clothing Be a Legal Requirement for Cyclists using Public Roads?

  admin   Sep 18, 2015   High Visibility Clothing   0 Comment

Essential Safety Wear sells high visibility clothing for leisurewear, as well as work purposes. Wearing high visibility clothing when cycling on public roads allows you to be seen more clearly by motorists, yet many cyclists choose not to wear high visibility items.

Cycling is a pleasurable hobby and healthy activity that is often ruined by heavy traffic and narrow roads. Many cyclists are shouted at by motorists for taking up too much of the road and encounter abuse while on two wheels.

Unfortunately, there are around 19 thousand cyclists who are killed or injured in road accidents each year. Despite this statistic, wearing high visibility clothing (and even a helmet!) while cycling is not a legal requirement in England and Wales.

However, with such a high number of incidents involving cyclists on public roads, should high visibility clothing be made a legal requirement?

 The Benefits of Wearing High Visibility Clothing While Cycling

Although it may seem obvious, the main benefit of wearing high visibility clothing on a bicycle is the fact you can be seen more clearly and from a greater distance. If the sunlight is going down or it is dark, you are much more visible to drivers when wearing high visibility items.

In addition, if you were to have an accident, it would show that you were taking a necessary precaution when cycling on the road.

A Legal Requirement?

Perhaps making it illegal to cycle on the road without high visibility personal protective equipment (PPE) is a bit too strict. Especially in the summer, when cyclists would prefer to wear a t-shirt and shorts. That said, cyclists should take responsibility for their own safety and ensure they are wearing appropriate, safe clothing. High visibility items should be an essential piece of kit when cycling at night in unlit areas.

A High Visibility Vest from Essential Safety Wear

Essential Safety Wear sells a great high visibility vest that is suitable for leisurewear and costs only £2.00. Available in yellow and orange and with black polyester bound edges, the high visibility vest is perfect for quickly buttoning up over your cycling gear and isn’t too heavy when you’re working up a sweat.

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