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Free hi-vis gilets for Irish clubs so cyclists “take their own safety on board”

Posted on: June 14th, 2018

New hi-vis gilets are being given to clubs so cyclists begin to take their own safety on board; that’s the plan from a Donegal road safety group.

 

Hi-vis gilets distributed free to Irish cycling clubs

 

New hi-vis gilets have been produced by a road safety group in Donegal. It wants cyclists to wear them and be seen as cycling fatalities are increasing.

Road cycling deaths increased last year to 15, from 10 in 2016. The vast majority of deaths in recent years have taken place in daylight hours.

The Donegal Road Safety Working Group has launched the new gilets under the tagline – ‘Let’s Make Cycling Safer and let motorists see cyclists’.

The gilets are fluorescent yellow with a ‘please share the road’ logo on the back. They will now be distributed to cycling clubs for free.

News of the new campaign comes days after one cycling club confirmed it was switching its club kit to a hi-vis look.

Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council’s road safety officer said the Donegal road safety group was hopeful as many cyclists as possible would wear the gilets.

“We have done this because there is reluctance among some cyclists to wear yellow high viz gear over their jerseys,” he said.

“The number of fatalities and serious injuries, even minor injuries involving cyclists is increasing.

“And we would like to shift the mentality and attitudes of cyclists to encompass their own safety and take their own safety on board.

“While there is bad behaviour by both cyclists and motorists, it is an unequal relationship. The driver is protected by the vehicle while the cyclist is exposed.

“Cyclists need to be clearly visible and the distribution of high viz cycling gilets is a step in the right direction to help protect cyclists on the road.

“We have had very positive feedback from the cycling clubs and the clubs are willing to come on board and promote the idea.

“The tops (are) being distributed with the assistance of the cycling clubs. The timing of the launch is also appropriate being National Bike Week this week.

“And we hope to encourage as many as possible to wear the cycling gilets. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all need to share the road safely.

“We should all respect each other’s space and ensure that everyone stays safe.”

Earlier this week it emerged Ballisodare Bay Cycling Club, in Ballisodare, Co Sligo, has switched its club kit to hi-vis to help prevent its riders becoming involved in “accidents”.

However, many cycling campaigners believe the hi-vis issue is a bogus one; suggesting cyclists’ lack of visibility on the roads as very rarely being a feature in road traffic fatalities.

 

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