I bumped into a postie today and had a chat to him about his experiences and his Hi-Vis, interesting conversation that goes a long way to confirming what some of us already know and some are yet to learn. For those who aren't aware our posties now look like this... It's the best picture I could find after a short search but you get the idea. That pole on the back carries a flag which all posties are now required to do. The only way you could bring more attention to the rider would be to put lights and sirens on the bike. The postie was a nice bloke and gave me a lot of his time. I had to explain the word SMIDSY to him as he hadn't heard it before, but he knew exactly what it meant once it was described to him. He said that while the Hi-Vis had potentially reduced some of the instances where he wouldn't have been seen, it in no way eliminated it all together. And in actual fact even though he was more visible it is apparent some drivers will still put out across his path regardless. The respect for a motorcyclists life to some is zero, even a postie who delivers their mail. Says a lot really. I asked if he had any experiences of a SMIDSY and he shared his last one with me. Traveling in the left hand lane a driver pulled out of a driveway effectively cutting off half the lane. The RHL was full so he couldn't go around. He had no other option except to lay the bike down or T-Bone the car. This rider who rides professionally shattered the bones in his little finger which put him out of work till he recovered. He and the bike slid to a stop before making contact with the car, the lady driving the cage looked at him lying on the road and then proceeded to drive off. I thought that story was bad enough on it's own until he told me about his sister. This happened just around the corner from where I live so I know the intersection well, it's design generates a lot of bad decision making and leaves a lot be desired. The lady in question was sitting behind a bus waiting patiently for the lights to change. A car hit her from behind with enough force to wedge her and the bike under the back of the bus. Medically she is no longer allowed to ride a bike. The cager no doubt got a fine for failing to stop. What does this have to do with Hi-Vis? She worked as a postie back when orange was still the chosen colour, so she looked very similar to this... That was all from talking to one postie. A professional rider who day in and day out rides in all conditions and in all circumstances. I wonder how many more stories are out there? Auspost sends their riders for refresher training every two years. Auspost recommended to the parliamentary enquiry that ALL motorcyclists should wear HI-Vis. Auspost should talk to their riders before opening their mouths.