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A lot of people are finally starting to realise the importance of wearing Hi Vis gear.

These are the reasons I wear my high vis belt:

Obviously, I like to be seen better by other road users!!!
Not only at night, where especially from the rear all that can be seen is our small little tail light.
It is almost more important during the day, when the daylight almost drowns out our headlights.
In the fog, or even worse during the early or late periods of the day when the sun is low, and glare becomes an issue!

As well as that, it is often quite difficult to judge the speed, distance, and sometimes even direction of a vehicle at night on their headlights alone. Especially when they only have one! My High vis belt helps them to do this better, and therefore plan their actions better.

In the event of an accident, it stops the other involved parties trying to use the 'I didn't see you' argument.
In certain cases, it has been known for bikers to loose a claim because they were deemed not visible enough.

It demonstrates to road users, as well as police that you are a mature and sensible rider. I find that I am far less likely to get harrassed or pulled over when wearing my belt. Obviously it doesn't constitute an excuse to behave foolishly, but it does help. As a biker, I also have far more respect for any other biker wearing a high vis jacket.

In the event of becoming seperated from my bike at night, be it in a crash, or if I break down and need to dismount, it is of paramount importance at night!!! THere is a reason workmen wear high vis jackets when they work on the roadside, day or night!

Personally, I would like to get a Day-Glo jacket like this:



But for now, I have settled for an Oxford H-Belt:


It is relatively stylish, but more importantly it doesn't get in the way!
I even wear it around college, as most the time I don't have a bag or anything to put it in.
People rarely comment on it, nor do they stare. It just looks, 'right'.


A friend of mine got a Think Bike high vis jacket for free from his college as part of a safer rider scheme they are running!

Get one now!
 

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yep i know what u mean.
i never buy just black clothing!
it has to have bright colurs on it!
and i always like it with the relflective tubing stuff on it!
i like my helemt bright coloured aswell!
my commusting one has a neon orange on it!
 

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i have one never use it got it with my bike
 

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The reflective tubing stud is retro reflective. Meaning it shines it back at the light source. But couldn't agree with you more cam. I'll link my jacket when I find it :) only £120 :)
 

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hi-vis gear is becoming mandatory in France, as pointed out a number of times on our various forums. however, i've just learnt that they already have to have hi-vis strips on their helmets, like these - http://www.getgeared.co.uk/Reflective-Stickers-8-Pack-Self-Adhesive?sc=43&category=348.

makes you think it's not such a bad idea. i know you shouldn't put a price on safety, but £30 for reflective strip and some velcro is madness. i have a standard hi-vis sleeveless jacket thing, and my mum turned one into a backpack cover because she followed me home one time and said that my bag made my jacket useless from the rear. i think that the reflectors that bikes in the US need to have are also a brilliant idea that would cost pennies to put onto European bikes, yet they don't. when i first got my bike, i used to lock and cover it everywhere and wear my hi-vis everywhere, too. i've become so slack, now.
 

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topic started because my thread? :D

But seriously, I think we should all consider it, I think I will start wearing it because if (god forbid) i was in a accident and I claimed and i was told i lost because i was deemed not visible enough I would go mental!
 

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that would never happen. you have a headlight on your bike, and a tail light. that's what cars have. you don't lose a claim if someone t-boned you because you didn't have a hi-vis jacket on, that's ridiculous.
 

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that would never happen. you have a headlight on your bike, and a tail light. that's what cars have. you don't lose a claim if someone t-boned you because you didn't have a hi-vis jacket on, that's ridiculous.
Cars are a damn sight bigger though :p
I don't know were I heard it, but I heard it somewhere..

Even if it is rubbish, It can't help should you decide to push for compensation, or if it is a close call for a 50/50 blame...
 

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I realised recently that very oddly, I only used to wear high vis when I was going out with someone :p
Amended this since, and now wear my think bike all the time. That said, MrWhite mine's barely visible from behind either, I'd love to see a pic of your bag, that cover sounds like a FANTASTIC idea!
 

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Some councils, and even police were handing out free high vis rucksacks a couple years back...
 

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Cars are a damn sight bigger though :p
I don't know were I heard it, but I heard it somewhere..

Even if it is rubbish, It can't help should you decide to push for compensation, or if it is a close call for a 50/50 blame...
Mr Officer said it to me and he was a fellow biker
 

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I'm going to buy a H strap like fishers and just leave on my jacket... just not worth the risk anymore. The more ways we make ourselves visible the less excuses those bad drivers have, bike or car.
 

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I'm going to buy a H strap like fishers and just leave on my jacket... just not worth the risk anymore. The more ways we make ourselves visible the less excuses those bad drivers have, bike or car.
Here here!
 

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that would never happen. you have a headlight on your bike, and a tail light. that's what cars have. you don't lose a claim if someone t-boned you because you didn't have a hi-vis jacket on, that's ridiculous.
No matter, in daytime if you had no lights at all, the other driver still has a responsibility to other road users, so therefore they cannot be excused because you had no light on or hi-vis. Can't remember what the case reference was, but it was a few months ago in fast bikes in the legal section.

I have a Richa RIX2 jacket which is fluoro, wear it in the winter.
 

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One thing to bear in mind though is that I seem to recall reading somewhere that the majority of accidents of the SMIDSY type were of a car pulling out in front of a bike. Having a brightly coloured backpack cover isn't going to help, its visibility from the front that counts. Even wearing a high vis vest isn't going to make a huge amount of difference to front visibility, if the moron who is about to pull out on you hasn't seen the headlamp shining straight at him/her, a bit of fluorescent cloth isn't going to make much difference. That said, the Jacket fisher posted with the bright patches on the arms looks like a good design.
I suspect having a brightly coloured helmet would be a better bet, for me at least it tends to be the first thing I spot.
 

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Yeah, although... As I said before.
It can only help with speed and distance judgement.

And there are lots of lights around...

I was traveling down a road the other day, and I was convinced there was a car stopped in the road.
As I neared, turned out it was a pair of traffic lights :p

Another example... I was almost certain there was an oncoming bike on my side of the road, but turned out to just be a very bright lamp hanging from the side of a pub.

Adding another point of reference can't hurt.

And again, if you're not on your bike... your headlights wont help.
If I am lying in a ditch, or pushing my broken down bike down the road...
I will be glad I am wearing a high vis jacket.

And yes, a high vis helmet WOULD be the best option, but I don't think I fancy wearing one to be honest ><
That is just a BIT too much.
 
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