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7:55am 17th April 2014

Be bright, be seen and be safe.

That will be the main message to walkers, cyclist and motorists at a special event in Weymouth Town Centre today.

The council's road safety team along with Dorset Fire and Rescue will be outside Debenhams  from 11am - 3pm.

You can even test your reaction times and see how you would cope in a dangerous situation, and even pick up a free bell for your bike.

The "Be bright, be seen, be safe" campaign is part of the council's local sustainable transport project, encouraging local people to take up walking and cycling instead of using the car.  The project, now in its second year, is funded by a £2.4M grant from the Department of Transport.

Dorset County Council's Cabinet member for environment Hilary Cox told Wessex FM:

"It's important that all road, cycle and footpath users respect each other.  

"This event will help raise awareness so that shared-use paths will be safe routes for cyclists and walkers to enjoy."

The campaign's main message to walkers and cyclists is to look out for each other when using shared paths, and be considerate.

- Cyclists should ring a bell and say thank you when passing.
- Walkers should keep to one side to let cyclists past and always keep dogs under control.
- Motorists are advised to always look twice for cyclists and pedestrians, indicate intentions and give cyclists plenty of space.

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