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See and Be Seen

‘See and Be Seen’ is an awareness campaign designed to promote positive messages to vulnerable road users and in particular school children on how to improve the likelihood of ‘seeing’ and ‘being seen’ on the Highway, especially during the winter months when more journeys are made in the dark.

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) has been asking both Primary and Secondary schools to help us to raise awareness of this issue so we can make Lincolnshire’s pupils safer on their journeys to and from school. Schools could help by sharing age-appropriate road safety information with pupils, including the following key messages:

  • Always STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK when crossing the road.
  • Keep electronic devices out of sight when walking/cycling as these may distract you and put you in danger on or near the road.
  • Roads and pavements are not a safe place to use mobile apps such as Pokémon Go. Find a safe place such as a park, away from traffic and other road users.
  • When walking along a pavement near the road using ear or head phones the volume should be no higher than the traffic noise around you. Remove these altogether when crossing the road. Hearing is a key sense in staying safe on the road.
  • Find a suitable place to cross the road where you can view the traffic, and drivers can see you too, cross away from parked cars and where possible cross under a streetlight when it’s dark.
  • Increase your chance of being seen by others when walking or cycling. Always wear something bright, light-coloured or fluorescent during the winter such as clothing, a bag or an accessory. Reflective clothing or gear worn after dark will help drivers to see you.
  • Remove hoods or large hats when crossing the road, as they can block your vision.
  • Bicycles must have a working white front light and red rear light illuminated at night, as well as reflectors. This applies even when using a cycle lane.
  • If there is no pavement and you have to walk in the road, pedestrians should keep to the right facing oncoming traffic (or the left hand side on a bend).

Ways in which schools or other organisations could address the issue could include a newsletter feature for parents, or by holding an assembly, competition or in-class activity. Schools could even challenge their pupils to wear something bright to school or put their gadgets away whilst making their journeys.

LRSP has a range of other road safety related interventions for schools; these can be viewed and booked via the Stay Safe Partnership. For further information and advice on this campaign, contact Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership on 01522 80580.

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Last updated: 29 November 2017

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