High-vis vest research
So research carried out by the University of Bath (one cyclist death this month) which took place on the roads of Bristol (three cyclist deaths this month) into the effect of high-vis vests on passing motorists found they had no impact whatsoever on driver behaviour compared to those not wearing one! A variety of high-vis vests were used and over 6,000 motorists were monitored. So there is little point in wearing one during the day time it seems. They did notice however that almost all motorists were observant enought to keep well away from a vest that had POLICE on the back but they ignored a vest that had POLITE on the back, just one letter different but it demonstrated that motorists are looking pretty closely at what is in front of them. The most shocking part of the research however was that compared to similar research carried out 25 years ago the avergage motorist today passes cyclists a whole 2 feet closer than they did in the past. The researchers were at a loss to explain why this might be. Maybe these orange plastic things with a red reflector that used to jut out from bikes for a couple of feet, but seem to have gone out of fashion were not a bad idea after all.