Don’t be alarmed if you’re stopped by Council staff or police during the month of May. Hopefully, they only want to talk to you about your visibility. (So just do up your helmet and keep quiet about that footpath-riding you were doing before they nabbed you.)
Now that the days are growing so darn short, the Council is concerned that cyclists may not be as bright and bold as they need to be when the light fades. The visibility patrol will hand out vouchers to those of you who haven’t invested in decent sparklers for your bike and they’ll even set you up with some temporary lights to get you home safely. Aw, that’s nice of them!
The effort is part of the Council’s annual safety campaign. And, uh, even though I joked about it above, you should also be aware that the generous patrollers are also looking to see if cyclists are complying with the Road Code. I wonder if they also want to know if cyclists are following the terms of the Code for Cyclists? Or, if, say, cyclists have taken a moment to peruse the Land Transport (Road User) Rule of 2004? The press release advises that everyone take a moment to brush up.
I sincerely hope their search for compliance is educational. Not punitive. Because it sucks to get pressies and citations at the same time. That’s just a mixed message. Like when my mom bought me a wooden spoon and then chased me around the house wielding it high overhead when I didn’t wash the dishes. I hated that spoon.
Let us know if you have the pleasure of a meet-and-greet! I love that kind of dirt.