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Be Bright Be Safe As The Clocks Go Back

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8:26am 25th October 2014

'Be bright and be seen' is the message for Dorset cyclists and walkers from the County Council ahead of the clocks going back tomorrow (Oct 26th).

They're asking people to make themselves more visible to drivers by wearing high visibility clothing as the evenings draw in.

Drivers can also help by taking more time to look out for cyclists, giving bikes plenty of room and using their indicators, especially when turning

Dorset County Council Cabinet member for environment and the economy Peter Finney said "Making yourself clearly visible, and making sure your bicycle is roadworthy and visible is very important.

"Cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy, as well as being environmentally friendly. With darker nights on the way, cyclists and drivers should do all they can to be safe on Dorset's roads."

Here are some safety tips:

Your Bicycle
- Make sure you have two lights on your bike, a red one on the back and a white one on the front.
- Reflectors are important so make sure they are fitted to the back of your bike, your pedals and spokes for extra visibility, especially when cycling in the dark

You
- Wear something fluorescent to be seen during the day and reflective clothing to be seen at night.
- You could wear a strip that goes around your middle and over your shoulder that is both reflective and fluorescent you can buy these at cycling shops.
- Have reflectors stuck to your cycle helmet.
- Stick reflective material on rucksacks or panniers.

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