Monday, 9 November 2015

Road Safety for Cyclists & Pedestrians





Why being seen matters
Many accidents happen to cyclists and pedestrians because vehicle drivers cannot see them until it is too late to stop. This problem is worse at night and in poor weather conditions. Make sure you wear the right clothing so you can be seen.
Fluorescent and reflective clothing
By wearing the right clothing you can increase your chances of being seen. Help others to see you by wearing bright and fluorescent materials in daytime and reflective materials at night.
Fluorescent clothing enables drivers to see you in daytime or in poor weather much more easily than if you are wearing dark clothing. A number of different fluorescent clothing items and accessories are available to help you to be seen by drivers.
In order to be seen at night you will require reflective clothing. This reflects light straight back at drivers so that they can see you. Reflective material is available as self adhesive strips, stickers etc. which can easily be attached to clothes and other items such as school bags.
What to wear – Cyclists
Cyclists’ clothing should be bright. During the day wear fluorescent ‘day-glo’ colours. At night wear reflective clothing – remember to fit lights front and rear to your bike at night, lights are a legal requirement. A helmet will not prevent an accident. However, if it is fitted properly, it may help to protect your head if you have an accident.
Safe Clothing
What kids and adults wear when riding a bike is also very important for safety:
• Fluorescent or bright-coloured clothes will help cyclists be visible on the road. (Avoid dark clothes, especially during early dusk and twilight hours.)
• Lightweight clothes will help cyclists avoid becoming overheated.
• Pant legs shouldn’t be too loose-fitting or flared. These can get caught up in the chain while riding.
• When wearing a backpack while riding, make sure the straps are tied up and can’t get tangled in the spokes of the wheels.
What to wear when walking
Wear the right clothing to increase your chances of being seen. Help others to see you by wearing bright and fluorescent materials in daytime and reflective materials at night.
Many accidents happen to pedestrians because car drivers cannot see them until it is too late to stop. This problem is worse at night and in poor weather conditions.
By wearing the right clothing you can increase your chances of being seen. Help others to see you by wearing bright and fluorescent materials in daytime and reflective materials at night.
Fluorescent clothing enables drivers to see you in daytime or in poor weather much more easily than if you are wearing dark clothing. A number of different fluorescent clothing items and accessories are available to help you to be seen by drivers.

In order to be seen at night you will require reflective clothing. This reflects light straight back at drivers so that they can see you. Reflective material is available as self adhesive strips, stickers etc. which can easily be attached to clothes and other items such as school bags.