Wednesday 29 November 2017 10.59am
I resist hi-vis because the evidence does not support its use. It doesn't make cyclists safer as it creates the suggestion that cycling is a dangerous actively requiring special clothes, which puts people off cycling and makes it less safe to cycle for everyone else. No one has hi-vis in holland and they are safer as they have better designed roads and lots of cyclists. ...
I recall reading a report of some experiments a few years ago, which came up with some rules for cycling safely - of which one was, as you suggest Zoe, DON'T wear hi-vis clothing.
I think the full list of advice was something like:
1: DON'T wear a helmet
2: DON'T wear a hi-vis jacket, or any other 'special' clothing
3: but instead DO wear entirely unsuitable clothing
4: ride an old-fashioned sit-up-and-beg bicycle (a Dutch 'granny-bike' is ideal)
5: wobble a bit
6: not essential, but donning a long blonde wig helped
This had an amazing calming effect on other traffic. Motorists slowed down, and when overtaking, measurement showed they allowed the cyclist at least twice the space they would normally.
There's a nice picture of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands riding a granny-bike in 1967.
Note the hat and the pearls. When middle-aged ladies feel they can dress up like that to ride a bike in London then it will prove that cycling really is safe here once more!