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by Shane Stokes
November 28, 2017
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Amid suggestions that cyclists in Britain could be forced to use high visibility jackets and helmets, research has shown that the former may actually increase the chances of an accident.
According to the Daily Telegraph, a study of 76 accidents carried out by academics found “no evidence” that those who wore reflective clothing “were at reduced risk.” Instead, research conducted by the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Nottingham University found “increased odds of a collision crash,” said the Sunday Times.
That study suggested the reason for the increased accidents may have been the riders adopting ‘more exposed road positions . . . in the belief that they were relatively conspicuous.’ However a larger study in Denmark contradicts this, with its analysis of a pool of 7,000 riders suggesting that they had 47 percent fewer accidents when using a high-vis jacket.
The suggestion of forced helmet use is also contentious, with some suggestions that wearing a helmet can give both cyclists and the drivers on roads near them a false sense of security. Last year more than 100 cyclists were killed on British roads, with 3,397 seriously injured.
British transport minster Jesse Norman said last week that a government consultation will early next year assess the possible mandatory requirement for high-vis jackets and helmets.
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