Cycling Jacket – A new way to communicate with vehicle drivers?

Me in my cycling gear

The BBC has the article on its website – see link below

www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51392314

This is genuinely interesting but the biggest problem faced by cyclists is vehicles overtaking them too close. The cycling fraternity is presently lobbying government to have the next edition of the Highway Code* amended so instead of it saying ‘leave as much room as possible’ or words to that effect it becomes something like ‘leave 1.5m where possible when overtaking a cyclist’. I’ve blogged about this previously and here’s a link to that posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2019/01/08/cycling-bad-drivers-poor-dog-owners/

My point being that if this jacket could indicate the 1.5m to vehicles approaching a cyclist from behind it would be of great help. Just a road safety thought.

* Rule 163 of the Highway Code states that when passing cyclists, drivers should give “as much room as you would when overtaking a car”. Cycling UK is calling for the code to include guidance on a minimum distance to give when overtaking, suggesting a minimum of 1.5m when travelling under 30mph and 2m over 30mph.

3 thoughts on “Cycling Jacket – A new way to communicate with vehicle drivers?

  1. Jenny Barnes says:

    The trouble with “leave 1.5m where possible when overtaking a cyclist” is the “where possible” bit. It should be “Leave 1.5m space when overtaking a cyclist. If there isn’t room to do so, do NOT overtake.”

  2. Phil Holden says:

    I agree with everything said above. But golly it gets my goat when cyclists ride two and three abreast. I know the road is there for everyone to use but that can make safe overtaking impossible. Is there a cycling jacket (or helmet – or brain?) to sort that out, Tony?

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