Wondering, do your kids wear reflective vest on school outings ?
In my kids school, it is a basic rule for all kids under 8, but after 8 it is only on parents choice and it seems that very few parents have their kids still wear one, and my daughter complains that she has to wear one
It's not just an issue for primary school children. Two of mine are at secondary school, and one is in P7 (final year primary in Scotland). They all cycle to and from school, and now it's getting lighter later in the mornings and darker earlier at night, I want them to be as visible as possible.
No3 cycles mainly off road to get to school, No1 has a black jacket with reflective stripes on it, but we haven't found one of these for No2 yet, so he's wearing his dad's Altura dayglo yellow jacket - but he tells me if he's seen in it at school, he'll get the p**s taken out of him!! What do senior school kids think is soo uncool about not wanting to be run over, ffs!!!
IS there a possibility that in putting these hi-viz vests on DCs they lose an opportunity to develop better traffic judgement? As they say, drive at 80 on a motorway, then undo your seatbelt and watch how quickly you slow your speed right down!
Is sticking a hi viz vest on everyone (we've all seen them on municipal park workers, hand-weeding flower beds, haven't we?) reducing their impact for when they're really needed such as motorway workers/police etc?
I agree, Lurker - it's not just about whether our kids are behaving sensibly when they are out walking/riding - it's about making them as visible as possible so that drivers can see them!
When I first started driving in the evenings/poor light, it amazed me how invisible pedestrians and cyclists can be - even in town on a lit street. If you are wearing dark clothing, it can be very difficult to see you at all - which gives the driver no chance to notice you are there and make sure they take care.
I work in a school and cycle to and from work. Several of the Year 10s have declared the flashing red light on my rucksac as cool and have asked where I got it so they can buy one. I don't know whether other kids might deem it as ok? It's worth a try. It's just an old bike light on the flashing setting attached to the zip of my bag with a keyring.
I send mine with theirs when they're doing Walk Once A Week, but tbh I'm a bit precious about it anyway as we live on a farm, and even if they're on their bikes in daylight I have them wear them just as an additional 'I'm here, don't drive over me' safeguard.
Our school only has thirty pupils, though, so they're pretty receptive to individual parents' foibles .