Why do runners wear hi viz?
On my commute home tonight I noticed a lot of runners wearing hi viz clothing. It got me thinking as to why? They run on the pavement and are not at any obvious/immediate risk from motor vehicles, I presume they don’t just get to a junction and run straight out, therefore negating the need to be extra highlighted to drivers.Posted 3 years ago
Not a runner myself and just curious.lottoMember
That’s a valid observation that they may have been previously running on a rural country lane previously and now on the pavement, but I commute through a city to the train station. Shared paths is a good point also. ie parks.Posted 3 years ago
Reminds me of the time I was cycling through the park, saw the dog, saw the owner, didn’t notice the retractable lead though!!! That was a sore one for all involved. Maybe animal leads should be hi viz!!mrblobbySubscriber
There’s a general drift to wearing high viz in almost every situation now in the UK. Its almost unstoppable.
I think this mostly. Seems people can’t step out their house these days without donning a high viz vest.
I know this thread isn’t about cycling, but this seems to be cycling in the uk…
And this is cycling in holland…
Which looks more accessible and fun?Posted 3 years agohjghg5Member
It’s compulsory at my running club training nights. (In winter)
I do tend to anyway, because even if I’m not running on roads I am crossing them, it costs me nothing to wear it (i’ve picked up enough free hi vis tops from races that i don’t need to buy any more) and it may help one day.Posted 3 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
I live in the country. Almost all the runners (and there are plenty) wear hi-viz when they run on the lanes at night. It’s absolutely bloody useless! How come none of the manufacturers of these vests have worked out that reflective stuff is what you need at night and that hi-viz is more use than a white shirt?Posted 3 years agobrooessMember
My running club is encouraging hi-vis now. They didn’t ten years ago.Posted 3 years ago
I guess it’s partly fashion but probably also driven by a general perception that driving skills are on a pretty steep downward trend so you need to do something to give yourself a chance of survival!mikey74Member
I live in the country. Almost all the runners (and there are plenty) wear hi-viz when they run on the lanes at night. It’s absolutely bloody useless! How come none of the manufacturers of these vests have worked out that reflective stuff is what you need at night and that hi-viz is more use than a white shirt?
When I am running at night it is my responsibility to stay out of the way of vehicles when crossing roads, not the vehicle drivers to avoid me when I run into their path. For those that run on country lanes, reflectivity is the way, not hi-viz. Oh, and I recommend seeking off road routes.Posted 3 years agoEdric 64Member
Our club do a lot of night runs from 7pm all year round everyone wears hiviz and most wear some form of lighting .We run round town and quite often in the road as the pavements are full of bins, trees and parked cars and have a worse surface than our much maligned roadsPosted 3 years agoantigeeMember
When I am running at night it is my responsibility to stay out of the way of vehicles when crossing roads
its the vehicles turning into carparks, drives, officeblocks, eateries petrol stations etc especially coming from behind that gets me – I like to think that a bit of high viz means they will see me before turning and yes I do look when it is obvious but it isn’t always
live in city now so no country lanes but used reflective bands and one of those red flashers on my arm for night time and getting to off road stuff
not complacent I know it doesn’t matter what I’m wearing if I get hit but I like to think giving drivers an early opportunity to spot you makes their driving behaviour more predictable
as a driver I appreciate running clubs using high viz / reflective at night especially large groups on narrow pavements with cars parked on them means I see them early and keep an eye out for possible moves into the traffic streamPosted 3 years agooldgitMember
I wish more would, or would wear a light of some sort. Our local running club use the road and pavement randomly. Some are lit some aren’t, but I find a reflective band that’s moving far easier to see.
Locally unlit or totally dressed in black runners using roads and lanes at night are causing much complaint.Posted 3 years ago
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