Police demand hi-vis wearing..."nobody wants to play Spot the Cyclist"

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Nov 25, 2021, 6:01:08 AM11/25/21
It's the time of year when police forces and road safety groups think about what advice to give road users as the nights draw in. That tends to mean plenty of posts like the one above for the live blog...

Playing devil's advocate, some might say it's a non-issue, at worst a clumsily worded message that passes on a lesson most cyclists already know. However, there's an even larger body of replies that see it as victim-blaming and all a bit pointless considering the amount of stories we see of cyclists wearing hi-vis being killed or seriously injured. Surrey Roads Policing Unit are at the forefront of that argument...the Northern Ireland Road Policing account is not.

The post asked riders to use hi-vis, saying "nobody wants to play Spot the Cyclist!" You could (quite uncontroversialy) argue it's the duty of everyone on the road to play spot the cyclist at all times. Anyway, they said a hi-vis jacket had been handed out to the person they spotted without one. #KeepingPeopleSafe.

Reaction? Yeah, let's do that...

And it's not just police forces having a pop...as the clocks went back author Philip Pullman took to social media to rant about "damn fools" speeding through Oxford on bikes without lights or hi-vis...

How many weeks until the clocks go forward again?

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