2017年11月13日

Cycling: to be seen to run less risk of accident

Whether you are a cyclist or a pedestrian, the arrival of winter time increases the time during which it is harder for drivers to see you, which increases the risk of accidents. One solution: clothes and reflective bags.

We change time this weekend: at 3am Sunday, it will be 2h. Advantage: we will stay under the duvet a little longer Sunday morning. The disadvantage is of course that it is dark earlier, which favors road accidents, especially as the time change happens at the same time as the weekend of Toussaint. Road Safety also notes a peak of accident of + 47% for pedestrians at the end of the day.

In partnership with France Bleu, it distributed Friday, all over France, 60 000 fluorescent safety vests and bags kits.
The temperatures this fall are rather mild, many have kept the habit of moving by bike, as David who has noticed a change in behavior of motorists lately: "I am often dressed with dark colors and I am realize that motorists usually see me at the last moment and make a gap to avoid me.” David has therefore equipped with a vest and a fluorescent bag, and too bad for the style: "it's not super nice, it's on, but if it can save my life why not ..."

To be seen and to see well, essential advice
Every day, two pedestrians die and 25 are injured in accidents that occur most often in the winter. Anne Laved, the general delegate of the road safety association, explains: "in dark color, in an environment that is not lit, you will be visible at 25 meters, with the same clothes but in a light color you will see at 40 but if you add reflective armbands you will be visible at 140 or 150 meters.

It is not said that it is necessary to wear the yellow vest, but for example use a backpack with retro-reflective patches. This weekend, the road safety association offers drivers to check that their headlights are properly adjusted.

  


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