‘Be bright, be seen’ as the clocks go back

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Posted on: 15 October 2019

The clocks go back on 27 October 2019 and Devon County Council is reminding all road users to ‘be bright, be seen’ as it gets darker and weather conditions get worse.

More vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders, are reminded to be alert and make themselves visible by wearing reflective or fluorescent clothing while out and about on Devon’s roads.

Motorists should take extra care to look out for other road users, particularly in poor weather conditions such as fog, mist and rain, which may reduce visibility. They are also urged to give cyclists and horse riders more space when passing them in the road.

Advice to road users during the autumn and winter months is:

  • Where possible, pedestrians should use marked crossing points on roads and, although they may have right of way over traffic on a zebra or light controlled crossing, check that vehicles are stopping before walking out into traffic.
  • It is advised that cyclists wear additional reflective and bright clothing as well as using a white front light, a red back light and a red reflector at the back, which are required by law.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists are also advised to take more care when travelling in the dark and using headphones, or mobile phones for pedestrians. Because of reduced visibility and potentially bad weather conditions it is important to be more aware of your surroundings.
  • Horse riders should select crossing points very carefully. It is also encouraged that horse riders use fluorescent or reflective clothing or equipment.
  • All road users should look out for each other and take extra care, particularly in wet or icy conditions or if there are leaves on the road.
Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management said: “As it begins to get darker and the clocks go back, journeys in the mornings and evenings will be made in increasingly poor light and weather conditions.

“‘Be bright, be seen’ is a hugely important message to all road users especially those who are more vulnerable in the bad weather and the dark. We encourage cyclists, motorcyclists, horse riders and pedestrians to wear bright clothing and to use reflective strips or lights on bags, bikes, helmets and clothing so that you can be seen more easily.

“I would also urge all motorists to drive carefully as conditions get more difficult over the coming months. It is important to remember to use your lights, even during the day, when weather conditions are poor, not only to see other road users but also be seen yourself.”

5 comments on “‘Be bright, be seen’ as the clocks go back

  1. Terry says:

    The problem with potholes and road defects manifests itself as a much greater hazard now it is darker for longer periods. As a cyclist, car and professional driver the potential for serious incidents has got significantly worse with the reduced visibility and the frequency of defects in the road surface. Come on DCC please address the road safety issue yourselves by providing adequate roads to travel on so that road users don’t have to weave and dodge the holes.

  2. Frank Holloran says:

    I live in a village with minimal lighting, no pavements, narrow roads and a 20mph limit yes still a number of local motorists insist on driving through at well above this limit. On a number of occasions I have come close being hit whilst walking along our “main road”. I had an opportunity to mildly remonstrate with one driver, who incidentally had two young children aboard, who promptly told me in no uncertain terms that I should not be there blocking his way! And this was in daylight. So, please, please drivers just slow down for everybody’s sake, especially your own.

  3. Richard Clark says:

    As a professional driver, I find it highly dangerous & frustrating when I encounter pedestrians and cyclists on unlit roads who think it is okay to wear dark, non reflective clothing and have no torch or lights showing.
    Reflective bands, vests and jackets are available from a large number of discount stores.
    Touchy subject but most EU countries require all vehicles to carry a HiViz vest or jacket for all occupants in case of emergency. I strongly believe that it should be introduced in the UK as well.
    Generally, I find the equine community are far more cautious and wear/carry/ equip themselves and their horses with high visibility gear and lights. Maybe the value of a horse is a contributing factor.
    That said, what value does someone put on their own life and that of others by recklessly endangering everybody by not wearing HiViz gear?

  4. Keith says:

    Reflective items can often be bought cheaply from bargain stores so there is no excuse for not being seen. Children and pets also need to be seen.

    • Steve says:

      And pedestrians?? No footpath, no early morning lighting.. the first bus and train leave before the lights come on.. how about lights an hour before the first mode of transport leaves?
      I wear high Viz in a morning .. I have to or I would be killed by road traffic.

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