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Stay safe by making yourself visible this winter

PUBLISHED: 17:16 05 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:16 05 October 2015

Two cyclists in a busy part of the town

Two cyclists in a busy part of the town

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Cllr Alex Sawyer has reminded Bexley residents to wear bright colours and reflective stickers to be seen more clearly when on the road in the dark

With the clocks going back later this month and daylight hours growing shorter, the London Borough of Bexley is reminding its residents to think about how they can keep themselves safe in the dark.

Cllr Alex Sawyer, Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transport said: “By everyone taking some simple measures to improve their visibility, we can continue to reduce road casualties in the borough.

“Reflective stickers on bags and outer clothing are a great idea for people of all ages, as is wearing bright colours, even if it’s just your socks or a scarf – they all help you be seen more clearly.”

In a recently publlished Department for Transport report, the London Borough of Bexley was shown as being the top English Local Authority for reducing road collisions which resulted in people being killed or seriously injured.

Cllr Sawyer continued: “One of the Council’s key aims is to ensure residents live long and fulfilling lives. Over the last seven years we have delivered a comprehensive programme of road safety engineering, education, training and publicity to ensure all our residents are equipped to keep themselves as safe as possible. This is now really starting to be reflected in road casualty data.

“Our ‘Walkability’ pedestrian training for Year 3 children was recently recognised by the London Road Safety Council and awarded their Laurie Bunn award. It gives some of our younger residents the skills and knowledge that will help keep them safe for the rest of their lives.

“Figures suggest we are the best local authority in England for reducing the number of people being killed or seriously injured in road crashes, but we’re not happy with just that. We want to reduce the numbers even further; one person killed or seriously injured in Bexley is one too many.

“To achieve our goal of having no such tragedies, we need the help of all road users and for them to take responsibility for their own safety and that of others.”


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