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Light Up this Christmas

Posted on 19/12/16 at 3:57

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This Christmas remember to Light Up. Share our reindeer poster with your friends, family and colleagues to remind them to Light up this Christmas!

You will find some tips for pedestrians and cyclists below.

Pedestrian Safety

There are a number of steps you can take to make yourself safer as a pedestrian:

  • Stop, look and listen
  • Don’t try to cross the road between parked cars
  • If possible, cross at a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights
  • Never cross at a bend
  • If there is a footpath use it
  • If there is no footpath, walk/run/jog on the right hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic and keeping as close as possible to the side of the road
  • Walk no more than two abreast and if the road is narrow or there is heavy traffic, walk in single file
  • Always wear a pair of reflective armbands, high-visibility belt or other reflective or fluorescent clothing which will help you to be seen from a distance
  • Carry a torch on country roads

Cyclists Safety

As a cyclist, you can make yourself safer by following these steps:

  • Never cycle in the dark without adequate lightingwhite for front, red for rear
  • Always wear luminous clothing such as hi-vis vests, fluorscent armbands and reflective belts so that other road users can see you
  • Wear a helmet
  • Make sure you keep to the left. Always look behind and give the proper signal before moving off, changing lanes or making a turn
  • Follow the rules of the road, never run traffic lights or weave unpredictably in and out of traffic
  • Maintain your bike properly – in particular, your brakes should work properly and your tyres should be inflated to the right pressure and be in good condition
  • Respect other road users – don’t get into shouting matches with motorists; stop at pedestrian crossings; don’t cycle on the footpath
  • Watch your speed, especially when cycling on busy streets and going downhill
  • Steer well clear of left-turning trucks: let them turn before you move ahead
  • Remember, if you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you

Reference: Road Safety Authority, 2016
http://www.rsa.ie/en/RSA/Pedestrians-and-Cyclists