“Be bright, be seen” during autumn and winter months

Photo of a cyclist wearing hi-viz

Posted on: 31 October 2018

With British Summer Time having ended and the clocks having gone back, Devon County Council is reminding vulnerable road users to “be bright, be seen” to be safe on the roads.

Cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and horse riders, are being urged to make sure that they are visible by wearing reflective and fluorescent clothing.

Motorists are also being encouraged to give cyclists space, and to take extra care in looking out for others, particularly in poor weather conditions such as fog, mist or rain, where visibility may be reduced.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “At this time of year, as the evenings draw in, it’s important not just for cyclists but also pedestrians, motorcyclists, horse riders, users of mobility scooters and others to do what they can to make sure they’re seen by passing traffic. Bright, fluorescent and reflective clothing can help you stand out and make it safer for everyone on our roads.

“Motorists should give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as they would when overtaking a car. Remember to drive according to conditions and you may need to use headlights during the day in poor light conditions to make sure you can be seen as well as seeing others.”

The advice from the County Council 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 they are still responsible for ensuring that they don’t step out into traffic until vehicles have stopped for them;
• Cyclists must comply with the law by using a white front light, a red back light and a red reflector at the back;
• Horse riders should select crossing points very carefully and show courtesy to drivers who have slowed down for them;
• Motorists should overtake only when it is safe to do so, and drivers should pass slowly and allow at least 1.5 – 2 metres when passing;
• All road users should look out for each other and take care, particularly in wet or icy conditions or if there are leaves on the road.

More information about staying safe on Devon’s roads this winter can be found at http://devon.cc/staysafeinwinter and https://www.traveldevon.info/

1 comment on ““Be bright, be seen” during autumn and winter months

  1. Ian Diffey says:

    Your advice to cyclists is all well and good, but driving around Exeter at dusk is fraught with danger for car drivers and cyclists because many of the latter ( the majority?) wear dark clothing and dark gloves.

    It is a pity that it is not mandatory for cyclists to wear relective clothing at all times and especially after dark. Personally I do not ride my bike after dusk as it is not safe to do so. Especially as the road surfaces are not always bike friendly either!

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