- Give drivers the best opportunity to see you when you are cycling - for your own safety.
- Bright (ideally fluorescent) colours show up in daytime and near dusk.
- Light (ideally reflective) materials show up after dark.
- To be seen day, dusk and night make sure you are 'high vis' with fluorescent and reflective elements in your clothing, bags or accessories.
- For more information on how fluorescent and reflective materials work see our 'Be Safe Be Seen' section.
High Vis Waistcoats and More
A high vis jacket offers good all round brightness with fluorescent and reflective elements. To get the most benefit consider the following:
- If you carry a dark rucksack over a high vis jacket you will not be seen so easily from behind - consider getting a high vis rucksack. Alternatively a high vis rucksack cover can cover your bag and provide additional benefits by protecting your bag from rain.
- Do your high vis jacket up - by having your chest covered with high vis you will help drivers approaching from the front to see you.
- Keep it clean - dirty high vis won't show up as well and high vis is usually machine washable.
- After 25 washes most high vis with silver-grey reflective tape is best replaced as the reflectiveness decreases.
- Bling your bike too! By putting durable high vis stickers on your bike you will help make your frame permanently bright (and you won't have to think about it every time you go out). By brightening your frame it will be easier for drivers to see you when approaching from the side.
- Encourage your children. High vis isn't just for builders... make sure your children are bright on their bikes too. Lead by example and also let them have a say in which high vis they have - it doesn't have to be yellow; pink is very popular with children.