With the clocks going back this weekend (25th Oct 2009), Swindon Borough Council is urging people to take extra care when travelling in the darker evenings.
Cyclists can easily be caught out without lights, and should take the time to check that their bicycle lights are clean and working, and if possible invest in reflective clothing. Dynamo pedals are also available that flash as you cycle, giving added visibility as the cyclist crosses side junctions.
Car drivers should also prepare for the winter months by checking there is a spare blanket in the boot, and taking extra caution to look out for pedestrians and cyclists. It’s also safer to have passengers in the car should you break down or have to walk to isolated car parks, so try to car share with friends and work colleagues as much as possible. To find out who’s going your way, log on to www.carshareswindon.com.
Wear bright clothing if walking in poorly lit areas too. Whether it’s walking the dog or striding your child to school, make sure you can be seen. Reflective tabards and ankle / armbands are available for both adults and children.
For more information, contact Margaret Tester, Swindon Borough Council’s Road Safety Manager, Phone: 01793 466399
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