My work wants to make hi viz mandatory. What's the Argument for/against

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  • Premier Icon Lesanita2
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    My work had been very spruce of cyclists and we’ve got a great cycle users group who have had some great dialog worn the bosses and made things happen.

    Out of the blue one of the desk jockies had suddenly decided we all need to wear hi viz all the time. Currently it is mandatory in low light conditions only as a sensible compromise.

    We would like to keep it how it is. Are there any good arguments for/against? I feel making it mandatory would deter some users, so be an overall negative.

    How can they tell you what to wear on your way to work?

    whatnobeer
    Member

    When are the bikes being used? On the commute to work? Or while at work? Are they providing the hi viz?

    trail_rat
    Member

    is it really a huge issue ?

    i wear one – because while out on the road in my car i noticed how much more high viz reflectives caught my eye in low sunlight conditions – which my commute is when its not dark – west to east in morning and east to west at night.

    Well, it makes sense in low light/poor visiblity conditions as you say.

    But if someone drives into you on a sunny day, I don’t think it makes any difference whether you were wearing hi viz or not,they clearly werent looking.

    Can you get hi viz jerseys?

    soma_rich
    Member

    say great and find the most expensive cycling Hi-viz you can and say you will have to provide these as normal Hi-viz waistcoats are not designed to be used on a bike…

    http://www.proviz.co.uk/hi-visibility-cycling/hi-vis-gilets-vests/nathan-led-cycling-vest

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    You might need a life jacket if there’s puddles on the way in.

    yunki
    Member

    The only possible argument against is..

    ‘I don’t want to.. I DON’T LIKE IT! WAAAAHHH’

    Out of the blue one of the desk jockies had suddenly decided we all need to wear hi viz all the time. Currently it is mandatory in low light conditions only as a sensible compromise.

    We would like to keep it how it is. Are there any good arguments for/against? I feel making it mandatory would deter some users, so be an overall negative.

    If they are asking you to wear hi-viz at all times during working hours and on company premises, I don’t see what argument you have against it. It’s a reasonable request – it’s not like they’re asking you to do something illegal or immoral.

    Your employer may feel that it is in their best interests to reduce the risks to you as cyclists on company property.

    I can’t see an issue here.

    IanW
    Member

    Whats your job?

    Whats your job?

    Police…

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    If they are trying to dictate what you wear at work they may have a point, but if they are dictating only what cyclists* wear on the way to work they can get bent**. If your bike storage is on company site you’ll have to walk from the gates to the bike store.

    *I’m presuming they aren’t trying this on with driving commuters – also presuming you aren’t getting paid mileage for riding to work
    **If you normally have pretty good cyclist/management relations maybe word it better than that.

    IanW
    Member

    Not you the OP!

    thomthumb
    Member

    make it a fair policy and do this to other vehicles used as alternatives

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Your work aren’t the only ones.
    Now that the push for a mandatory helmet law seems to be gaining some traction there are already calls for high-viz to be compulsory too.

    http://road.cc/content/news/97298-third-cyclists-support-mandatory-hi-viz-clothing-claims-survey

    http://road.cc/content/news/77369-coroner-cyclists-have-duty-other-road-users-wear-high-viz

    http://road.cc/content/news/76314-nz-ministry-transport-considering-coroners-call-hi-vis-clothing-be-made

    After that we should get around to licences, registration, taxation, insurance, bike MOTs…

    trail_rat
    Member

    waaaaaa waaaaaaa it does strike a bit of “im an adult i dont want to – ill lie on the floor and say im right on my death bed”

    much like helmet rules.

    i loved TJs evidence on that. – every time i countered it with another factual study that said the opposite to what he said he dismissed it as flawed data…..

    fourbanger
    Member

    The only possible argument against mandatory hi viz, for those hard of thinking yunki, is it moves emphasis for not getting hit from the driver to the cyclist. Hi viz may well be sensible in some circumstances, but to enshrine it in law is not.

    Not you the OP!

    I know… 😯 🙄

    trail_rat
    Member

    but this isnt about law . its about a company protecting its assets (ie you)

    i agree neither should be law – the law thats needed is strict liability.

    Do pedestrians have to wear hi-viz on site?

    Now that the push for a mandatory helmet law seems to be gaining some traction there are already calls for high-viz to be compulsory too.

    It’ll never happen. The EU have been trying this for donkey’s years with motorcyclists (hi-viz, daytime running lights, CE marked leathers, compulsory body armour, the list is endless). Defeated at every turn.

    thecaptain
    Member

    Mandatory at all times? Do you mean at all times while at work? Not at all clear to me what the employer is actually proposing.

    yunki
    Member

    WAAAAAAAHHHH… WAAAAAHHHH..

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    The only possible argument against mandatory hi viz, for those hard of thinking yunki, is it moves emphasis for not getting hit from the driver to the cyclist.

    That and it perpetuates the false notion that cycling is INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS and requires specialist safety equipment.

    And belief that it is dangerous is the single biggest factor that stops people cycling in the UK.

    That and it perpetuates the false notion that cycling is INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS and requires specialist safety equipment.

    And belief that it is dangerous is the single biggest factor that stops people cycling in the UK.

    Hear, hear!

    And, the whole, ‘have to wear lycra’ brigade. All of these things are stifling growth in cycling.

    asterix
    Member

    does the employer have any evidence to show that cyclists are/would be safer when wearing hi viz? An answer along the lines of “well its obvious init?” isn’t good enough

    do they have any information on the costs, and if so what are they going to do about that?

    etc etc

    bencooper
    Member

    The only possible argument against is..

    ‘I don’t want to.. I DON’T LIKE IT! WAAAAHHH’

    No, the argument is at what point do you stop?

    Helmets are a good idea – make them compulsory. Hi-viz is a good idea – make it compulsory. Using a car instead is a good idea – make it compulsory.

    There’s a big (huge, massive) difference between saying that a certain safety feature is advisable, and making it a legal requirement. If we made every possible safety feature a legal requirement, we’d never be able to get out of bed.

    Oh, and contrary to your “Waaah” baby-like argument, it’s the pro-compulsion people who treat grown adults like children, unable to look after themselves.

    whatnobeer
    Member

    ‘I don’t want to.. I DON’T LIKE IT! WAAAAHHH’

    Seems like a perfectly reasonable argument to me.

    andyl
    Member

    OP needs to clarify several points:

    Do they mean while riding the bike or at work?

    Where do you work and what do you do?

    What is the access to your work like? If, for example, it has a yard with lots of trucks or members of the public driving in then I can see their point. Hell, even if it’s just office workers you are sharing road access with I can see their point.

    Are they willing to provide or help out with decent high vis gear? worth asking as they may subsidise some nice winter high vis for those commuting in winter and summer high vis for those in summer too.

    + maybe they just want to protect their staff and try and stop any of you being injured or killed as ultimately it could affect their business if you are.

    Premier Icon bails
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    As others have alluded to, we need more info.

    Are they telling you what to wear while riding to/from work?
    While riding a bike as part of work (e.g. police or travelling between sites)?
    Or while on the site?

    If the first one then why just bikes? Do they check all employee’s cars to make sure all the lightbulbs are working?

    PeterPoddy
    Member

    That and it perpetuates the false notion that cycling is INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS and requires specialist safety equipment.
    And belief that it is dangerous is the single biggest factor that stops people cycling in the UK.

    Well said

    I think high vis a good idea, but the way it’s often implimented isn’t great – standard high vis jackets do not make good cycling attire.

    I’d put forward suggestions for a more cycling specific garment with reflectives, or even just a reflective sash type thing.

    trail_rat
    Member

    “Do pedestrians have to wear hi-viz on site? “

    on ours they do – and hardhat/safety glasses and safety shoes.

    none of the above and you will be dragged over the coals very quickly.

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    I’m going to take a wild guess and suggest the people proposing this at the OP’s place of work don’t cycle

    yunki
    Member

    So the argument against is that it’s the first step on a slippery slope?

    trail_rat
    Member

    “belief that it is dangerous is the single biggest factor that stops people cycling in the UK”

    as a completely unrelated point – our drivers and road systems are the single biggest factor that stop people cycling because like it or not our drivers make it dangerous – hiviz and helmets wont stop these drivers though – i was hit last year- wearing my helmet and my highviz and my lights – driver didnt look before crossing oncoming traffic.

    most folk i speak to in this industrial estate say – yes we would cycle if there was a segregated cycle path from near where i live to near here (population centres to industrial zone is not un reasonable) but as it is there is not unless you work in town and live in westhill…. and so we sole occupy our cars.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    ‘I don’t want to.. I DON’T LIKE IT! WAAAAHHH’

    This would be my response. Maybe replacing WAAAHHH, with a swear word + off.

    I’d be interested to know HOW they can make it compulsary?
    I leave home to get to work without hi-viz. I arrive at work without hi-viz… Then what?

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    I don’t think they can enforce anything outside of the office/work activities either. When i got splatted commuting to work their insurance didn’t cover me, my stuff or my actions until i was at work, or unless I was carrying out work activities on site etc.

    bencooper
    Member

    So the argument against is that it’s the first step on a slippery slope?

    Several arguments:

    – it’s a slippery slope
    – it’s singling out cyclists for special treatment
    – it perpetrates the idea that cycling is dangerous
    – it infantilises people
    – it’d be impossible to enforce
    – it won’t work

    If it’s work related then they should have carried out a risk assessment and published it.

    Hi-viz? The reflective bits effectively only work when it’s dark and headlights are in use. The dayglo bit only comes in to its own in that half light period at dawn and dusk, outwith then it’s no better or worse than any bright colour (possibly not even as effective as a “different” colour which would stand out from the norm, as opposed to “just another light green top”).

    Premier Icon DezB
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    An argument against – British weather. How many hi-viz items would I need to purchase to account for all weathers?
    Currently choose from-
    2 jackets (waterproof, wind proof);
    3 base layers
    3 short sleeve shirts
    2 long sleeve shirts

    dependent on weather, expected weather and what’s in the wash.

    (Ok, base layers don’t need to be hi-viz!)

    Premier Icon mrhoppy
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    If it’s as a condition for use whilst on company time or for using their bikes (even the ones you ‘bought’ under the cycle scheme) then there’s not much you can do really. I’d expect the company to provide it if they consider it PPE though but don’t go expecting overpriced bike kit.

    trail_rat
    Member

    OR in an completely outthere idea – you could just stick a high viz vest over what ever you currently wear – works for me – which i wear out of choice

    it even says visitor on the back of it !

    If you really want to put them off just mention about liability if your hit while wearing their mandatory hiviz.

    My boss tried a similar thing.
    “Your not allowed to cycle across the yard without a hiviz.”
    “Fine, I’ll spray your Audi rep mobile bright yellow because you drive like a ****”
    Last I heard.

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