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Be Safe, Be Seen


Be Safe, Be Seen

Following the conclusion of daylight saving, Waikato District Council is urging cyclists and pedestrians to “be safe, be seen”.

The council’s Road Safety Co-ordinator Megan Jolly said it was important that cyclists and pedestrians ensure they make themselves visible to motorists, especially in poor light conditions such as early morning and from late afternoon onwards.

“High visibility clothing is a simple but effective way of being seen in low light conditions. Wear bright clothing during daytime hours and clothing with reflective material for after dark. Another tip is to apply reflective tape to your backpack or helmet,” said Ms Jolly.

Cyclists, just like motorists, are legally obliged to display lights during the hours of darkness and during times of poor visibility. Front lights must be white and the rear lights red. It is also recommended that cyclists have the rear light in flashing mode, as this is best for increasing visibility.

Ms Jolly hoped that parents of children who cycle to school would invest in a good set of lights.

“School students are often riding in a dark school uniform and often have a dark backpack. Motorists just don’t see them easily. Reflectorised backpack covers or glow vests and jackets are great ways of increasing cyclist visibility to other road users.”

Cyclists are also advised to check that reflectors on the back of their bike are clean and that lights have new batteries.

Often crashes involving cyclists occur during turning maneuvers. Side on visibility can be increased with reflectors on spokes.

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