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Be Bright, Be Seen

by Laura Johnston

Now that the evenings become darker earlier, remember to be extra vigilant if you are out and near roads.

When the evenings are darker, visibility levels for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are reduced and road users are more vulnerable than usual.

It’s important for all road users to ensure that they can be seen at all times and drivers need to be aware that it is much more difficult to see pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

Helpful tips and advice

If you’re a pedestrian or cyclist, Knowsley’s Road Safety team has some tips on how you can be bright and be seen and help to make yourself more visible to other road users:

  • Wear brightly coloured or fluorescent clothing during daylight hours but remember that this doesn’t show up in the dark!
  • When it is dark you need to wear reflective items such as vests, sashes and wristbands. Many high street stores now sell clothing that incorporates reflective strips or bands.
  • Accessorise with items such as clip-on reflectors, armbands and stickers on your clothes or bag.
  • Remember to have clean and working lights on your bike at night. Lights should be white at the front and red at the back. Having a rear reflector and spoke reflectors is a great idea too.
  • Take routes that are well-lit and cross at places that are lit.

Important messages for children

Knowsley Council’s Road Safety team has provided important ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ information to the teachers and pupils at every primary school in the borough.  Children have been learning about how important it is for them to be seen by drivers at any time of the day but how this is even more important when they are outside during hours of darkness.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:

“Staying safe on or near roads is really important for everyone and now that the darker nights are here, it’s the perfect time to remind people about being visible when they’re out and about.

 

“Our Road Safety team has been working with primary school children to remind them to ‘Be Bright and Be Seen’ when they are travelling to and from school or out near roads.  This is an important message for young children now and also a message that will stay with them as they become more independent and travel to and from school on their own.”