"Be visible"

On Tuesday and Thursday in the middle of the afternoon, place in Chalon was held an awareness campaign organized by the association "be visible" for users on bicycles, especially in urban areas are visible. "Cyclists, shine! Is a national campaign, this event is affiliated to the French Federation of Bicycle Users. This event is also in partnership with the city of Chalon and Grand Chalon. Diagnoses were made and according to the equipment of the bike, it was distributed a safety kit (yellow safety vest, lighting, and a very complete booklet of the federation on the rights and duties of the cyclist, etc.). About 120 cyclists came to inquire and virtually all were not fully equipped and left very happy with the information regarding the current legislation. Almost all have been offered their security kit. This awareness campaign was a success for the association.

Maurice, Head of Mobility Service: "The Mobility Department of Grand Chalon aims to promote smooth travel and active mobility. Inactive mobility, there is a bike and if we want more people to cycle, it goes by more security. Who says security, it is accompanied by associations in this type of operation. The accompaniment that has been this year is to buy equipment, to participate with the association in the purchase of high visibility vests and lighting to equip cyclists. We also participate in the animation. People have to make sure they're driving. "

The association has existed for a dozen years, it has about fifty members. The President is Jean-Marc, Bernard Forest and Marc are vice-presidents.   
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Drivers should drive carefully

Motorists should take special care this morning (October 29, 2018). Because after the end of the autumn holidays, tens of thousands of pupils are traveling in Düsseldorf again this morning.

And now in the dark season also increases the risk of accidents, warns the ADAC. Especially children and adolescents should wear particularly bright clothing and reflectors, according to a traffic expert. With a safety vest and reflectors, a student can be seen from 140 meters away, according to the ADAC. With dark clothes only from 25 meters.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, there were well over 2,000 school-leaving accidents in Germany alone in the morning between 7 am and 8 am.
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First graders received safety vests

In the context of the "Safety campaign for first graders", school beginners got safety vests.

Karin Spiegel from the MSC visited the first graders in her class and brought with her an exciting story of Frieda, Felix and traffic detectives. The children were also shown with the "flashlight experiment" how well one is recognized in the dark when wearing the safety vest.

Especially in the mornings, when it's still dark, the kids with their waistcoat are almost six times better visible and drivers can react much earlier. Many accidents happened only because the children were seen too late. The aim of the campaign is to reduce the high accident risk for children in the dark season.
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Be visible at night or this may happen to you

Cyclists who do not wear a safety vest or drivers who do not use the directionals are the protagonists of clashes that end in tragedy.

A video recorded on the Bogotá - Villavicencio road shows a driver who, in the midst of darkness, awaits the opportunity to make a forbidden turn. A truck, which apparently does not see it, hits it from behind. The impact sends him against an inter-municipal bus and several people are injured.

Another imprudence captured in the camera was that of two cyclists, on the Bogotá - Mosque road, who wore neither a vest nor any reflective materials that allowed them to see them in the shadows.

This lack of culture and road safety has caused a high number of fatalities on the roads. There are more than 2,000 dead in low-light sites, says General William Salamanca, director of the Traffic Police.

With the Make Visible campaign, the authorities are looking for road actors to become aware of the importance of using reflective clothing at night.  

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Is this fashion or is it allowed to go away?

As usual, we owe it to Kim Kardashian and her sweetheart Kanye West. The two - and pretty much all the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan - have such a weird fashion taste that it's almost impossible that their outfits are so trendy. But that's the way it is with the influences and the fashion: You buy what is promoted by well-known personalities. And it does not seem to matter whether its reflective cycling shorts or neon yellow reflective jackets.

This is nice fashion. It was made as said by Kim-K and Co, imitated by the online fashion brand Pretty Little Things. There you can buy the safety vest for almost 50 Euros. And she is actually close to being sold out - size S is therefore no longer at the present time. In doing so, one honestly wonders who will really wear this jacket in public. In the rather stuffy Vienna, probably little girls will sit in the U6 and blind their fellow human beings. Then you can imagine the jacket even more in major US cities or in crazy fashion metropolises like London.

But even there it is somehow out of place. It is certainly not meant to be evil, but the design is reminiscent of futuristic societies in which the rich adorn themselves with wearing the "exotic" work wear of the subjects as a fashion statement. But what do we know about fashion? If Kanye West on a glacier post and the more than 680,000 people like, then it must be something, right? Nobody in the newsroom will catch us in such warning jackets with reflective materials, except when someone has a particularly dangerous bike lane home. And who knows, maybe this neon monster is the perfect cycling jacket for gloomy and foggy autumn evenings? I think we're here for something...  

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On foot to the school instead of in the "Parental Taxi"

The new school year will start in the canton of Zurich in just over a week. Many inexperienced four and five-year-olds are traveling to kindergarten. Here are some tips to keep the way to school safety for the children.

The way to the schoolhouse is a challenge for the many newly trained children.

Parental taxis would prevent children from getting to know the dangers of road traffic and practicing proper behavior. In addition, parental taxis endanger other children through dangerous maneuvers in the school building sector, according to the Swiss Transport Club (VCS) in its recently published statement at the beginning of school. Correct behavior in traffic would literally teach the children step by step, at the hands of their parents, together with their friends and family. It would also be advisable for parents to travel several times to school with their child before the first day of school.

For objectively difficult school trips, the VCS recommends that parents usefully accompany their newly enrolled children on foot in a first phase.

Although nine out of ten motorists now perceive and understand the road safety campaign "Road stand, child goes," dangerous situations arise daily because the children are seen too late. Therefore, the visibility is very important, write the TCS, the Accident Prevention Service and the police in their joint communication.

The campaign "Road stands. Child goes" will be held for the fourth time at the beginning of the new school year. Since 2013, the TCS has distributed half a million safety vests with reflective materials for first graders to increase the visibility of children. Because the reflective safety vest for fashion reasons often finds little appeal to the students, there is the "made visible" label for a year with more fashionable products for all ages.  

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Other countries, other driving customs

Most German motorists were already traveling abroad with their car. But not all know the foreign rules of travel from the bottom up. Nearly every fourth person rarely or never gets, familiar with the most important local traffic regulations before they travel.

According to Frank, car insurance expert and lawyer, research before traveling abroad are important in order to avoid stress and sometimes heavy fines: "In Europe, there are some different laws in road traffic," says Frank. Anyone who informs themselves early, beautiful nerve and wallets. Because: "If the speeding ticket from abroad was previously regarded as an inconsequential souvenir, traffic offenses are being persecuted across Europe."

Tip number 1: light on - even during the day. In many European countries, motorists are obliged to use light during the day, for example in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Poland or Switzerland. Who does not turn on the headlights, risk fines. In Italy car travelers pay penalties of at least 41 Euros, in the Czech Republic about 75 Euros. To be on the safe side, motorists abroad should always use light.

Also for safety vests differ depending on the destination country. Who wants to avoid fines, the vest should always have at hand and in any case be informed in advance about the prescribed number and the duty to carry. Any car driver, for example, in France outside built-up areas in the carriageway area, must by law wear a safety reflective vest with reflective tape - or pay a fine of at least 90 Euros.

If there is an accident abroad, holiday makers with the European Accident Report and the Green Card are on the safe side. The card lists all the important insurance data to facilitate claims settlement within Europe. European Accident Report helps to create a log of the accident. The report is available for free download from ADAC.  

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The safe way to school

Dear students, dear parents and relatives, the big summer holidays are almost over and it's that time again! Many ABC protégés start a new school year, and for many the first year begins in school life. The way to school poses a great challenge to many students, increasingly dense road traffic poses danger, especially for our youngest children.

We, the police, want your children to be safe at school and back home, whether on foot, by bike, by bus, or car. Unfortunately, there are still traffic accidents involving children en route to or from school.

In Rhineland-Palatinate, a total of 144 children on school trips was injured in 2017, in which 109 children were injured and 1 child lost his life.

Police Birkenfeld participated in the "Round Table" in 2017 on the topic "Safe Way to School in Birkenfeld" in cooperation with representatives of the city, schools and school authorities, public transport and the association of municipal councils. Despite the fact that, fortunately, no school-path accident has occurred in Birkenfeld in recent years, the goal still remains to make the way to school as safe as possible in order to prevent school-leaver accidents.

Although the police Birkenfeld every year traffic prevention in kindergartens for the preschool children, but above all the parents are required to prepare their children on the way to school and sensitize. Such as wearing safety clothing with reflective materials.

This includes, in particular, going off to school with the child and presenting sources of danger, especially when crossing streets, children often misjudge the speed of approaching vehicles. - Children should wear bright and reflective clothing in order to be recognized by other road users in time. - If children are brought by car to school, and the way to school is so short, they must be transported in suitable child seats up to the age of 12, which are smaller than 150cm. - When traveling by bike, a safe bicycle and wearing a safety helmet and a safety vest should be understood. The police also appeals to the other road users, drive especially in the area of schools with reasonable speed, be ready to brake and always expect a misconduct of the inexperienced school children.

In Birkenfeld, in front of the school center, it was discovered that parents had to park their sidewalks while waiting for their children and children inevitably had to dodge the road. The large space guarantees a safe entry and exit.

In particular, at the beginning of the new school year, police Birkenfeld will mainly monitor the school routes. Speed violations, the non-use of suitable restraint systems and violations in stationary traffic are consistently punished. The police Birkenfeld wishes all students a good start to the new school year and an accident-free way to school!  

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Police intercept cyclists without light

Suspension fork, disc brakes, aluminum frame - the young man's mountain bike are evidently perfectly equipped for a tour through the woods or in the mountains. In the rush hour traffic on the south street in Sankt Augustan, however, the sport bike is quite unsuitable. "The young man is now a very good example, how it should be done under no circumstances," says Guido Hoffmann. "No lights on the bike and then also dressed dark," police chief commissioner Guido Hoffmann, head of traffic accident prevention at the district police Hein, determined. On the way, the cyclist is a danger for himself and for others: If it comes to a collision, a motorist almost always has a fault. "because the car is a danger to the operation," explains Hoffmann.

Between 20 and 25 measures, such as verbal warnings or fines, are issued by Hoffmann and his colleagues when they carry out an approximately one-hour bicycle check. Again and again, they are at schools or accident areas in the district. However, the young man on a mountain bike does not have to pay a fine, because he simply pushed his bike past the office. "It always gets around quickly when we stand and control somewhere," says Hoffmann.

The police counted 242 traffic accidents involving bicycles until October of this year, about 1.7 percent more than in 2016. Not least because of these numbers, the police had their action "safe bike" revived in November. Cyclists were able to rectify deficiencies found free of charge at local bicycle dealers. Only needed spare parts had to be paid. At the same time, the officials of the transport service find a worrying development.

Wheels always lighter, faster and more powerful
As the wheels become lighter, faster or even more powerful (in the case of e-bikes), the distractions on the road and driver abilities increase. To observe that is already the youngest, as Karin of the traffic accident prevention explained. As part of traffic education at primary schools, officials observe that children are increasingly having problems controlling their bicycles. "They just do not ride the bike that often, so the exercise is missing," says Karin.

Police chief arrest another cyclist. Lapel light, on his bike only gives a rather miserable glow. "I'm just on the way to the supermarket and buy new batteries there," said the arrested. Karin leaves it at a reminder.

Since 2013, attachable lamps are allowed in traffic. "Recently, they only have to be carried when the visibility demands, not the same way they used to be at any time," explains Hoffmann. Flashing lights are not allowed. Obligatory are also two yellow cat eyes per wheel or a reflective tape on the tire, reflectors on the pedals and a white reflector at the front and a red behind. Not all bikes are equipped that way, especially sport bikes. The fines due have partially increased since October, for example in the case of mobile phone use on the bike (see box). No wonder then that the officials regularly hear excuses, such as "had not expected that it is already dark" or "my dynamo has only just solved," said Hoffmann.

Cyclists who use their bikes day - for example, to get to work - are generally well-equipped. "They keep their bike in good shape," says Hoffmann. More and more often you can see that cyclists and pebbles increasingly rely on reflective safety vests. In the opinion of the police a laudable step. "Reflective clothing makes you visible at a distance of 140 meters". However, lighting and reflectors on the wheel do not replace the west. For Karin, there is still a gratifying reunion at the end of the check. Apparently back from shopping, the previously warned cyclist greets you as you drive by: with new batteries and bright light.  

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With protective vests and gloves

Plastic waste is becoming an ever greater problem for the environment. Since 2014, an initiative has taken care of regularly cleaning the place from dirt. Soon there will be another major action.

"I have a good feeling, and I think this year we can crack the 130-participant mark," says Hubert with regard to the large circular plaster and the swan gauze on 17 March. Hubert is founder of the initiative "stay clean".

Since 2014, this is a platform for all those who want to do something against the littering of the home. "We meet regularly to collect garbage. Once a year we do a bigger action, this action takes place every two years," said the 62-year-old. Last year, Webster and his colleagues could look forward to more than 130 participants. This year could even be more, because kindergarten and the youth fire brigade have already confirmed their participation.

In all four districts on March 17 helpers set out to free their village of carelessly discarded. The local government supports the action and provides the equipment for the collectors. A safety vest with reflective tapes , gloves and garbage bags are a must for environmentalists. They also have bike trailers and buckets.

Community donates helpers a snack

"At first we thought we'd have enough baskets to carry the garbage, but we soon realized that because of the amount of garbage, it must be at least a bicycle trailer." Tongs are also available to the helpers. However, this is only for more experienced garbage collectors, says Webster. Because you need a bit of power to operate the device: "Most of them simply collect by hand."

Webster is especially happy about children and young people who wears reflective vest with reflective materials join in. Because you could change something sustainable in the attitude. Meaning, who sees how much garbage lies around, maybe even throws so thoughtless away. In addition, children also have the adventure character. "The children were very enthusiastic last year, so of course it was also about who found what kind of things," says Webster.

The fact that in all work the sociability does not come too short. The community donates a snack on the cleaning day and every year in May they meet to take stock together. "The garbage is not less," Webster can already say with certainty.

Anyone who has time on Saturday, March 17, can take part in the cleaning. "People between the ages of three and over 80 are with us," says Hubert Webster. Many come by spontaneously. But you can also register with Webster and his colleagues in the other districts.

In addition to a Vesper from the community, there is also money for individual participants. From the district four Euros, from the community in another euro. Usually, this will be donated.  

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