Cycling Ulster are encouraging members to take part in their ‘Be Safe – Be Seen’ initiative as the shortest daylight times of the year arrive.
Cycling Ulster have been engaging with the PSNI in recent years in a number of areas as part of ‘Be Safe – Be Seen’ which has included support for their ‘Operation Close Pass’ and engaging with various Policing Community and Safety Partnerships on road safety projects.
Cycling Ulster Safety Officer, Joanna Gray said:
“The current period of the year means we have less daylight and poor weather conditions also impact on visibility on our roads, particularly during the winter months.
“Cycling Ulster would encourage our members to be proactive when it comes to highlighting their presence on the road by wearing bright and reflective clothing and using lights.
“The Garda and Road Safety Authority launched their safer roads campaign for the winter months recently and reported that by wearing reflective clothing, a cyclist can increase their visibility for motorists from 30 metres to 150 metres.
“The PSNI have also launched their ‘Operation Seasons Greetings’ this week and are emphasising the safety benefits of wearing reflecting clothing and using lights.
“The message is clear, when cycling on our roads, please help improve safety by ensuring you can be seen.”