Be Daylighted and Help Make Mayo the Brightest County in Ireland
On Friday 27th of October, the “Daylighted Campaign” will be celebrated throughout Mayo, making Mayo the Brightest County in Ireland!
The campaign is organised by the Mayo Road Safety Office from Mayo County Council, Westport Smarter Travel and Green-Schools Travel. The aim of the campaign is to encourage cyclists and pedestrians to wear luminous and reflective clothing and use lights when commuting to school, work or for leisure. The campaign also reminded drivers use their dipped headlights and to slow down and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly around schools, homes and shops.
Pupils in schools are encouraged to dress up wearing crazily bright clothes or fancy dress and illuminate their walk, scoot or cycle to school.
Westport Smarter Travel will provide hi vis vests in their offices for anyone who requires them for travelling this wintertime.
Here are some tips to ensure you are seen:
• Wear bright clothing with reflective strips or a reflective vest.
• Add a pair of reflective bands around your ankles and wrists. The ankle bands will always be in motion and the wrist bands will make your signals more visible.
• Equip your bike with LED lights both front and rear. Adding a solid white light (to light your path) on the front is a good option too.
• Add a reflector and/or reflective tape to your bike in case your light doesn’t work. Adding some reflective tape to the sides of your bike will also help to make you more visible from the side.
Noel Gibbons, Mayo Road Safety Officer has some particular advice for drivers this winter. "Drivers should ensure that their windows and lights are clean at all times to enable them to see what is happening around them. A good rule of thumb is to turn on dipped headlights whenever the windscreen wipers are on. Being seen is as important as seeing. Remember have your tyres at the correct pressure so your stopping distance is not increased. Regular servicing can help make sure your car is fit for darker and wetter conditions and in turn increases safety when sharing the road with cyclists and pedestrians."
Be Safe Be Seen - Top Tips
• Make sure you can be easily seen, especially at night, on dark days and in bad weather.
• Bright or fluorescent clothes show up best by day, even in dull or misty weather.
• In the dark, reflective material is best and shows up in car headlights - remember fluorescent clothing doesn't work after dark. You can put reflective tape on your coat or school bag to help you be seen by drivers.
• It is against the law to cycle at night without a white front light, a red back light and a red reflector at the back, so make sure that your bike is properly equipped and working.
• Cross the road at the safest place possible e.g. zebra, pelican and patrolled crossings. Remember to use the safe Cross Code: Stop, Look, Listen, Live.
• If you're out at night, choose routes that are well-lit by streetlights and cross the road at well-lit places.
• If there is no pavement and you have to walk on the road, always face the oncoming traffic - this is particularly important in poor light or in the dark.
• Find out about 'walking buses' where children walk in groups and are more visible by contacting your child's school or your local council.
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