Police video urges cyclists to wear reflective gear
Derbyshire Police has released a short video highlighting the importance of cyclists wearing reflective gear during the winter months.
Published on 22 November to mark Road Safety Week, the clip shows two takes of a cyclist riding along a poorly lit road, and is filmed from the perspective of a car travelling on the same route.
In one take, the cyclist is wearing a highly reflective jersey, while in the other the cyclist is not wearing any reflective clothing or equipment, including bike lights.
The video asks viewers how long it takes for them to spot the cyclist wearing reflective gear, compared to the one who isn’t.
Chief inspector Andy Palmer, head of Derbyshire Constabulary’s roads policing unit, said: “The video highlights just how important it is for cyclists to make sure they can be quickly and easily seen by other road users.
“The cyclist who is not wearing any reflective gear is almost invisible until the car is right behind him, whereas the cyclist with the jersey can be seen immediately.
“Many cyclists take great pride in their bikes, and we want to encourage them to treat their own safety as seriously and invest in proper reflective equipment.”