Bikers Must Take Responsibility
Think Biker..? Motorcyclists are amongst the most vulnerable road users, as borne out by accident figures. Common sense tells us that the easier it is to be seen, the safer we’ll be. Unfortunately common sense is in short supply in some circles.
Those holding the opinion that high visibility clothing doesn’t make someone more conspicuous in traffic will undoubtedly find any argument, however feeble or flawed, to support their view. Those same people would also probably say that seat belts don’t save lives or, if they were around at the time, would have fought the introduction of crash helmets.
There are none so blind as those who will not see.
This has nothing to do with freedom of choice or any similar catch phrase; it’s about the good of the majority. No one group should be allowed to put that at risk. If bikers were to ride around “in a bubble”, with no interaction with anyone else, then fine, wear what they like, but as that’s not the case, and bikers actions have consequences for other road users then they also have responsibilities to others. It’s hypocritical for bikers to expect drivers to look out for them when many of those bikers will do nothing to help themselves. Legislation should always be a last resort, however if some riders won’t, voluntarily, help to make the roads safer for themselves and others (as highlighted by the number of “shadows” seen daily on our roads), then they must be compelled. I applaud those riders who make the effort to be seen; those who wish to merge into their surroundings can only expect to be treated as such. Maybe the slogan should read Biker Think!
Highway Code – Rules 86, 87 & 144
“Make yourself as visible as possible from the side as well as the front and rear. You could wear a light or brightly coloured helmet and fluorescent clothing or strips.”
“Wear reflective clothing or strips to improve your visibility in the dark.”
“You MUST NOT drive without reasonable consideration for other road users.” [Law: RTA 1988 s.2 & 3 as amended by RTA 1991]
(The Highway Code may be used in evidence in any court proceedings under the Traffic Acts)
Is This Really Enough Protection?
High visibility clothing works
During the period 01/04/11 – 31/03/12 Lancashire Constabulary recorded a total of 262 injury collisions involving motorcycles. Of these only 1 – less than ½% – is confirmed as wearing hi-vis clothing at the time of the collision. It’s not hard to guess what the other 261 were wearing…