Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Be Safe, Be Seen!

It's now a legal requirement in France for night-time cyclists, on country roads, to wear a reflective waistcoat as well as having decent lights. This is one of those laws that the French are sticking to, as it's a good idea and also because it's strongly enforced, I suspect. Thus Ben has reflective wear all year round, for late returns from work, and the boys and I get ours out when the shorter days arrive. Even the dog has her own reflective 'super dog cape', which she wears on walks after school at the moment. We add a flashing red light to her collar too, so that we can let her go for runs...
... without losing track of her completely!
We quite enjoy our walks in the dark.

19 comments:

Michela said...

So funny Raja! Here it's the same..yesterday evening while I was driving home there was a jogger wearing a lamp around his head!

marigold jam said...

I didn't know that! On se couchera moins betes chaque soir!!

Jane

TheMadHouse said...

Love the super cape - perhaps if I make one of those MiniMad might just wear it!!

Sarah said...

Now that is super dog cute! Do you have a hand print on your jackets?!!

Carol said...

I love the way you can see your dog - it's so cute!!

Prulletje said...

LOL great cape !!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Cape-tastic, what a fantastic piece of kit! and very sensible too. I hope you are enjoying the festive build up?

Sarah x

hip chick said...

This is such a great idea as it keeps everyone safer.

Lululiz said...

I wish more cyclists over here in England were as consciencious about wearing safety gear and riding responsibly.

Kate said...

Oh that is so adorable! Great idea too, never seen one on a dog over here. Quite obvious when you think about it ..

Olga said...

It is so cute :) I bet she feels safe ;)

Carol said...

Love his cape - Batdog!
Such a sensible bit of legislation, I am sure it saves lives.

jus said...

There is something strangely appealing(emphasis on the strange)about pets in clothes...we have a christmas bandanna which our poor kitty tolerates every Christmas morning. Cracks me up every year...
x
P.S I'm afraid I have no idea what the decoration says, Heather said it was a blessing in Hebrew, but I'm afraid I'm left none the wiser...still very pretty though.

Floss said...

You're all right about the life-saving aspect - there are many stories about this, including a local walker who was killed at night because the law doesn't extend to pedestrians. Motorists have to have the reflective waistcoats in their cars and put them on if they break down. Very sensible. Everyone obeys this law - funny thing when you consider that we imagine the French are very careless about their laws!

Josie Ray said...

Thank you so much for stopping by Snow Had Fallen! I would love a law for reflective clothing here. How cute is your method of keeping puppy safe. :-)

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

I love the idea of puppy protection!

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

That is great -- what a wonderful rule (and such a handsome vest!)! Cyclists around here take their life in their hands when they ride at night; sometimes you don't see them until you're practically on top of them.

Felicity said...

oh so sweet! my sister got her little kitchen a fabric collar with his name embroidered on it looks so sweet! fliss xx

bad penny said...

that really shows up.

I was coming home through the new forest about four thirty last night so getting quite dark. Very few of the free roaming ponies ( and donkeys & cattle ) had reflective collars - no wonder there are so many awful hit & runs - the poor things.