Be aware during Road Safety Week

Posted by rmt22 at Nov 18, 2016 09:14 AM |
All this coming week (21-25 November) it’s National Road Safety week, and we’re asking all our staff students, contractors and visitors to think about their safety on and around campus.

As the mornings get darker, the nights start drawing in and we get our first taste of wintry weather there’s no better time to ensure that you are keeping safe and keeping others safe on and around campus.

Be aware

We have made a commitment to creating a high quality campus which prioritises pedestrians over vehicles. You can play your part by following these three simple guidelines.

  • BE AWARE of other road and path users
  • BE AWARE of your own responsibilities
  • BE AWARE of what’s available for you

Drive aware

Take a look at our safer driving factsheet and take the Brake road safety ‘pledge’ to be a more considerate road and campus user.

  • The speed limit on campus is 10 mph and pedestrians and cyclists have priority
  • Look out for cyclists and pedestrians, especially when turning
  • Use your indicators so that cyclists and pedestrians can react
  • Give cyclists and pedestrians plenty of space, leaving as much room as you would give a car. If there isn’t space to pass, hold back. Cyclists may need to manoeuvre suddenly if the road is poor, it’s windy or if a car door is opened
  • Always check for cyclists and pedestrians when you open your car door
  • Advanced stop lines allow cyclists to increase their visibility. You must stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red and allow cyclists time and space to move off on green
  • Follow the Highway Code including ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights

Cycle aware

  • Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb – look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact so you know drivers have seen you
  • Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen
  • Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor
  • Wear light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark
  • Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights
  • THINK! recommends wearing a correctly fitted cycle helmet, which is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations

Walk aware

  • Give the road your full attention when you're crossing, even if you're with a group of friends. Look out for them, too.
  • Don't use your mobile to talk, text or listen to music while you're crossing – it's distracting and you won't be able to concentrate properly on the traffic.
  • Where possible use a pedestrian crossing – you'll often find one a short distance away
  • If there is no pedestrian crossing nearby wait for a big gap in the traffic – it will allow cars increased stopping distance in wet and slippery driving conditions

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