Ireland may make high visibility clothing mandatory for cyclists, pedestrians and dog-walkers

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CC BY 2.0 Lloyd Alter/ seen on Queen Street in Toronto

The County Cork Joint Policing Committee chairman has good eyes; he tells a public meeting that " he, like many others, had witnessed scores of people risking their lives every winter by wearing dark clothing."

According to the Irish Examiner, they are asking the Road Safety Authority and the environment minister "to make it mandatory for walkers, runners, cyclists, and all people in charge of animals to wear high-visibility jackets"

Winter can be a more dangerous and challenging time for walkers and cyclists as poor lighting and weather conditions make using roads more dangerous. To prevent these, use of high-visibility jackets are most effective as a high-visibility jacket can be seen at a distance of 500m by an oncoming vehicle.

There is no mention of the fact that it can be a challenging and dangerous time for drivers of cars, and that perhaps they should slow down. But as I have noted before about these kinds of campaigns,

It is inculcating a culture of fear, that the only safe place to be is encased inside an automobile. And if you get in their way and do not have the proper attitude or defences, you will be squished like a bug. And you will be blamed for it.

This has been a controversial issue on TreeHugger, where I call it blaming the victim, who gets hit while walking or riding where they are allowed to walk and ride, whereas many readers claim that it just makes sense to make yourself visible, that it is a jungle out there and you should do everything you can to protect yourself from the idiot drivers.

But to make it illegal to walk your dog without high-vis? And does the dog have to wear one too?

Meanwhile, back in Toronto, the police are doing their "Do the bright thing" campaign again, blaming pedestrians for half of the accidents that happen. In fact, sixty percent of fatalities are senior citizens, who do not tend to jaywalk or look at their phones when they cross the street; they are hit by speeding and distracted drivers.

Tags: Bike-Friendly World | Ireland | Walking

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