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Be Seen When Walking or Biking in the Winter Dec. 29, 2014

The short days of December have us thinking about the importance of staying safe when out walking and biking this time of year. With so few daylight hours, it’s especially important to rely on more than just the sun to keep you visible on the road.

Just like drivers need to turn on their vehicles’ headlights to help others on the road see them, every walker and bicyclist should take steps to stay visible. Our Safe Routes to Schools program suggests these tips:

  1. Dress in brightly colored clothes;
  2. Use a reflector or wear reflective clothing;
  3. Carry a flashlight or headlamp; and
  4. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing streets.

As we mentioned earlier this month, a person wearing dark colors can only be seen from about 55 feet away. Wearing reflectors would allow that same person to be seen from 500 feet.

These tips don’t just apply to children, either. In 2012, the average age of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes was 46, and the average age of those injured was 35, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Every pedestrian, regardless of age, needs to be visible to be safe.

In Fairbanks, you can purchase adjustable, reflective arm bands at Big Ray’s and at Arctic Fire and Safety, 702 30th Ave.

The person wearing reflectors can be seen from 500 feet away.