It has finally happened. A previously respected government road authority that seemed to be sane, pro biker and full of GOOD ideas, has caved to the myth of the Hi Viz Vest!
What really scares me is it has happened not only so close to home, but in the state that our government here in New Zealand largely follows in regards to Motorcycle safety initiatives.
Victoria has fallen afoul of faith and opinion over science and fact.
It is now a law that all learner riders in Victoria Australia, MUST wear a Hi-Viz vest over their bike gear.
Read it and weep
Well holy shit… where is the science to PROVE vests and hi viz works? I will tell you where…. In some tards imagination based on a gut feeling he has that it MUST work, so therefore it is his holy duty to save us bikers from ourselves.
This is a pic taken of me on a ACC safety photo shoot, note the white stripes on my leather jacket are far more visible than the vest.
My MACNA jacket has silver reflective markings that will shine bright as hell at night. Not to mention, who can’t see a bright yellow Ducati like mine?
While on MOTO NZ I saw raw data from scientifically researched studies by HELLA that positioning lights, especially HID LED’s were the MOST effective system available to motorcycles as a visibility aid, yet still the myth of the hi viz vest prevails in common circles.
I step down from all activity for BRONZ this month at our AGM, but this is one issue I will be willing to fight tooth, claw, and nail over. Especially as the current leadership of what was once a true voice for the riders in New Zealand will likely embrace this initiative because it fits the direction of ‘appease the man’ and ‘work from the inside’ that has pervaded the group.
Those who ride will decide on the day I guess, whether by donning a vest, or getting the balls to finally say FUCK YOU to the government and rallying as never before to show our defiance of this rubbish should it reach our fair shores of Aotearoa.
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