Irish cycling club changes its kit to hi-vis “to avoid accidents”

Posted on: June 12th, 2018

The club said many believe cyclists aren’t visible enough and so it has changed its kit of a hi-vis look to do its bit to help avoid accidents.


Cycling club says many people believe cyclists aren’t visible enough


An Irish cycling club has decided to change its kit to a hi-vis look to do its bit for road safety.

Some in the cycling community believe too much emphasis is placed on changing cyclist behaviour when driver behaviour is what needs to change.

But Ballisodare Bay Cycling Club, in Ballisodare, Co Sligo, has put that argument to one side.

And in an effort to be seen on the roads it has switched its kit from red and white to fluorescent yellow and red.

The club, founded two years ago, came up with the plan after a spike in cyclist deaths. It became convinced its riders needed to be seen more clearly on the roads.

“Across Ireland, we are currently witnessing an increase in numbers joining clubs and with that has come a lot of debate around safety and being visible,” said club public relations officer Dolores McCann.


How the club used to look before it took the decision to go hi-vis.


Ms McCann continued: “Country roads, such as the ones that we cycle, can be particularly hazardous. And we all have a responsibility to make ourselves better seen and to help avoid accidents.

“Ballisodare Bay Cycling Club has taken the initiative and introduced the visible kit for all members.

“We have done this because there is reluctance among some cyclists to wear yellow high vis bibs over their jerseys. The club values its members and their safety is priority.

“With a push on to get give drivers a minimum passing distance of 1.5 metres when passing cyclists, this neon green colour will go some way in safety and visibility.

“All clubs have an etiquette for cycling in a group and while most people and motorists are respectful of cyclists some feel cyclists are not visible enough.

“Others don’t realise groups are allowed to cycle in two abreast formation and have the same rights on the roads.

“With little money being provided to improve infrastructure and better bike lanes and road surfaces, it is important that all road users respect each other,” she told the Irish Independent.