At this time of year, it can be difficult for road users to see each other in the darker mornings and evenings.
Galway City Council is encouraging all road users to be bright sparks this winter season, by keeping an eye out for each other and by wearing reflective clothing when walking and cycling.
Walkers and cyclists are the most vulnerable road users, and can be seriously hurt or injured in a collision – so let’s watch out for each other in the darker months.
Top Tips for Being Safe & Seen!
• Ask your local bike shop about bike lights, reflectors, bag covers, vests or other high visibility gear. As well as fluorescent clothing, reflective clothing/ panels are needed in darker months, so they can reflect the light of oncoming vehicles back to the driver, making you more visible.
• Remember that you need to be seen from the front and the back, whether walking or cycling. For bike lights, the white light goes on the front, and the red goes on the back. Ensure your lights aren’t hidden by the saddle or a backpack, and consider using more than one set of lights in the darker months.
• Follow the Rules of the Road – stick to the speed limit, never run traffic lights, and never weave unpredictably between traffic when riding a bike.
• Cyclists should consider wearing a helmet – which can also be used to mount helmet-lights. Runners headlamps are a good option for walkers.
• When cycling, make sure you keep to the left. Always look behind and give the proper signal before moving off, changing lanes or making a turn. Steer well clear of left-turning vehicles – let them turn, before you move ahead.
• Look after your bike and maintain it properly – check your breaks regularly, and ensure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure and in good condition. Do the ‘M’ check moving from the front of the bike to the back, to check all parts are in working order. If your bike is due a replacement, check out the Bike to Work scheme where your employer can facilitate you to buy a tax-exempt bike.