Road users urged to stay safe and brighten up this winter

Posted on: 26 October 2016

Devon County Council is urging pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders to make sure they are visible during the dark winter nights by wearing reflective and fluorescent clothing.

Drivers are also being asked to use their headlights and take extra care and look out for all other road users as the winter nights draw in, especially when visibility is limited due to mist, rain and fog.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for highway management, said:

“It is really important to make sure you can be easily seen when travelling to and from school or work, especially at this time of year.

“It will soon be noticeably darker much earlier in the day and it won’t be long before dusk falls as early as 4pm – just as schoolchildren are travelling home and rush hour begins.

“Bright fluorescent clothing and reflective strips on jackets, bags or helmets can make a real difference when it comes to being seen by passing traffic, so make sure you’re wearing some.

“I would also encourage drivers to use their headlights, not just when it is dark but also whenever the light is dim or in bad weather so not only can they see other road users but they, themselves, can be seen more easily.

“Whether you’re a driver, rider or pedestrian, we can all play our part in helping to make sure Devon’s roads are a safe place to be during these dark winter months.”

More information about staying safe on Devon’s roads this winter can be found here

3 comments on “Road users urged to stay safe and brighten up this winter

  1. B Walt says:

    Better still let’s have separated cycle paths so our safety when cycling does not depend on the attention (or lack of it) of other road users. Hi-Viz does not help when a driver is emerging from a side street and fails to take time to look properly – every junction, every time. Hi-Viz does not help if a driver is on their mobile phone. Hi-Viz does not help on bright mornings when drivers continue to drive on, even though they cannot see ahead etc etc.

  2. A BAker says:

    I would also suggest that cyclists need to be heard. As a pedestrian I have been spooked several times by cyclists whizzing past, or coming right up behind me as though I should know they are there. Get a bell, or put a lollipop stick between your spokes, so we can hear you coming.

    • Polite Cyclist says:

      Dear A Baker
      This very morning I rang my bicycle bell, and then rang it louder and then rang it even louder and continuously – to no effect.
      I slowed right down and as I overtook I saw the man’s music ear-phone wires.
      I never fail to ring my bicycle bell or call politely ahead, but far more often than not the person I’m coming up behind has ensured they cannot hear me.
      I hope you don’t mind my amending your advice to say, yes, cyclists do please ensure you warn walkers you are coming up behind, but also, walkers, please ensure you can hear cyclists’ bells/voices.

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