Hartlepool Council’s cycle instructors have been kitted out with brand new jackets that meet the highest European standard.
As with all staff working on roads, cycle instructors must wear jackets that conform to European standard EN471 – the standard relating to high visibility clothing for professional use.
EN471 Class 2 is the minimum standard to be worn by cycle instructors, but Hartlepool Council felt that the added protection of Class 3 was needed.
Robert Snowball, sustainable travel officer at Hartlepool Council, said: “We felt it was essential for our cycle instructors to be issued with the highest level of protection – EN471 Class 3. The fact that the jackets are red and yellow also sets them apart from other road users.
“Since they are teaching our children road safety we need them to lead by example, and to be protected to the highest level possible, by wearing the highest standard of garment.
“I have been using my jacket during in the really bad weather and have found it to be very waterproof.”
The new waterproof jackets, supplied by Keltic Clothing, also incorporate new Reflexite prismatic tape, which can be seen up to seven times further away than standard reflective materials.
For more information about the jackets contact Louise Bennett at Keltic Clothing on 08450 66 66 99.