Warning. Rant…

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While sitting in a coffee shop minding my own business, I have just been acused of breakibg the law by not wearing a high vis jacket while cycling. Obviously a bloody great road sign with an arrow on it isn’t enough. I told the guy I had quite strong views on the subject and didn’t want to enter into a discussion (after already having been run off the road here by traffic that most certainly knew I was there).  ‘It’s your life’ was all he had to say. I didn’t mention that the NZ policy on mandatory helmet use is not actually reducing deaths, it’s only reducing the number of cyclists (half the number of cyclists since the rule was brought in). There are people trying to make high vis jackets the law. Stay calm johnny… stay calm….

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  1. So whatv are your strong views against hi-viz jackets, then? They can’t actually do any harm. I notice more and more (motor) bikers wearing them here in Scotland. I agree your ‘keep left’ sign is probably more visible, if only because of its novelty – not very aerodynamic though!

    • My problem isn’t specifically against high vis, it’s against the attitude towards cyclists that drivers have in NZ. The The helmet law (which halved the numbers cycling on the road) won’t change that, and the high vis (which would prob half it again) wouldn’t either. Governments are always trying to promote a healthy lifestyle and get people out of the motor car onto greener modes of transport – this is a step back on both counts.

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