Making South Yorkshire Safer

Keep it bright on darker nights

Oct 24 2012

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is urging pedestrians and cyclists to be bright and make themselves visible to other road users as the darker nights draw in.
To coincide with the clocks changing, the Safer Roads Partnership is giving away free hi-visibility vests for cyclists and reflective bag strap covers for year six school children as part of the Be Bright, Be Seen campaign.

In 2011 in South Yorkshire 12 pedestrians were killed and 139 were seriously injured. In the same year one cyclist was also killed and 50 seriously injured as a result of road traffic collisions. Wearing high visibility clothing can make it easier for other road users, especially drivers, to see pedestrians and cyclists. 

High-visibility clothing is made of fluorescent material with added reflective tape or shapes. Fluorescent colours appear to glow, increasing daytime visibility, with the effect being stronger in poor light conditions such as in fog or towards dusk. However, fluorescent colours don't show up in the dark. At night, light from sources such as car headlights bounces off the reflective areas to make the tape glow, increasing night time visibility.

From the start of November, cyclists can collect a free hi-visibility vest from the following Council outlets across South Yorkshire:

  • Barnsley - Connects Offices and libraries
  • Doncaster - Scarborough House Council Office reception
  • Rotherham - Council libraries 
  • Sheffield - Howden House Council Office reception

Vests will be available on a first come, first served basis. The vests will also be distributed by road safety officers to cyclists on key cycle routes travelling into town and city centres across South Yorkshire.

High visibility, reflective bag strap covers will be distributed to year six students via schools across South Yorkshire.

Mike Stanley, Senior Road Safety Officer who leads on cycling matters for the Safer Roads Partnership, said, "As the dark winter nights approach, cyclists should make themselves more visible by wearing fluorescent and reflective clothing and having adequate lights on their bike. Remember that it is illegal to ride a bike after dark without lights. In addition drivers and other road users should remain vigilant and look out for cyclists."

Karen Vickers, Senior Road Safety Officer who leads on child pedestrian safety said "When you are walking after dark, wear something bright and reflective so that drivers and others can see you. Always walk on the pavement if one is provided and use pedestrian crossings where available. They are there for your safety."

The attached photo shows year six students from Catcliffe Primary School who received their reflective bag strap covers on a recent visit to Crucial Crew at the Lifewise Centre as part of their road safety training.

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