Be Seen, Be Safe!
Bedford Borough Council is urging all road users to take extra
care on the roads ahead of the clocks going back at the end of the
When the clocks go back and the nights draw in, the British
weather invariably gets worse which leads to a loss of visibility
on the roads and pedestrians and cyclists are particularly
There are a range of simple steps you can take to improve your
safety on the road, especially when the visibility or road
conditions are poor.
On a dark wet day, wearing dark clothing means it will be hard
for motorists to see you. Ideally, you should wear something
florescent, or at least lightly coloured and for maximum visibility
and safety wear something reflective.
Cyclists must have lights on their bike. A reasonable set of
lights will set you back £10 but not having them could cost you a
fine of £30. So it makes sense to be safe and be seen.
Please follow our simple tips to stay safe during the
• Try to stick to well lit areas
• Do not wear dark clothing. Fluorescent is ideal during the
day and if possible use reflective clothing at night, if not, wear
lightly coloured clothes
• Be aware of your surroundings and look out for cars and
• Do not wear dark clothing. Fluorescent is ideal during
the day and if possible use reflective clothing at night, if not,
wear lightly coloured clothes.
• Make sure you have lights on your bike.
• In addition to lights, you should have reflectors on your
bike (red at the back, white and front and amber on the pedals).
Also, make sure the reflectors can be seen and aren’t covered by
bags, coats or overhanging clothes.
• Be aware of your surroundings and other vehicles on the
• If visibility is poor, use your headlights, even in
• Don’t drive at all with misty windows. Wait a couple more
minutes for your windscreen and windows to clear.
• Make sure your lights are clean; grime and dirt can reduce