Some really important advice for students who walk to school or come to school on their bikes.
If you come to school on your bike please make sure that they are left in the bike shelters (one at the front of the school and one near the sports centre) and are secured to the bike rails by your own security lock (D locks or chains are more secure).
Bikes MUST NOT be locked to the perimeter fence or left unlocked around the shelters.
As an extra security measure our caretakers will join all bikes together with a chain at 9am every day and will unlock them for students at the end of the day.
However you get school there are things you can do to help yourself be seen, making sure that others, especially road users, can see you.
Whether walking to and from school, during dark mornings, dark nights and even on foggy and overcast days, you should wear something brightly coloured and something reflective over your normal school uniform.
Here are some pointers:
Many people riding bikes in periods of darkness, or low visibility, and assume that street lights are enough for a motorist to see them, as they can see themselves. This is not the case!!!
Many incidents involving bicycles during darker periods are due to cyclists in dark clothing with no lights or reflectors. Drivers are looking for lights, so when a cyclist appears with no lights, it comes as a surprise.
At night, your bike MUST have white front and red rear lights lit, it must also be fitted with a red rear reflector. White front reflectors can also help you to be seen, and spoke reflectors will help other road users see you from the side.
Other things like reflective tape and flashing valve caps are also available. Any part that is moving, such as knees and ankles and valves, and is either reflective or illuminated, draws drivers attention to you quite well.
Wear bright outerwear and if possible reflective clothing, with a safety helmet, and still always believe that road users have not seen you.
Information from: www.Roadwise.co.uk