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Road safety for pedestrians

Be safe, be seen – road safety when it’s dark

It’s difficult to see someone who is wearing darker clothing when the weather is wet and grey. It’s important to make yourself more visible to other road users during the darker days and at night.


During the day you should consider wearing fluorescent or brighter colours which stand out, for instance: yellow, orange, bright green, white, pink and bright red.

There are lots of brightly coloured accessories available including bags, rucksacks, scarves, baseball caps, and hats.

At night

When it’s dark fluorescent colours are less effective, but white or light colours are easier to spot.

Reflective material is most effective when it’s dark, as it reflects the light from vehicle headlights or street lights.

Consider wearing clothes or accessories with reflective material like:

  • jackets
  • trainers
  • bags
  • armbands
  • sashes
  • waistcoats

Take extra care when crossing the roads

Just because you can see the traffic, it doesn’t always mean the drivers and riders can see you.

When you need to cross the road at night, try to use safer places like:

  • zebra crossings
  • traffic lights
  • or near to the street lights

Parents’ and carers’ responsibilities getting children to school safely

Although we provide school crossing patrol sites and people to operate them, as a parent you’re responsible for making sure your children get to school safely.

If you’re crossing with your child at a patrol site:

  • wait at the kerb
  • don’t follow the officer out into the road
  • only walk across when the officer tells you
  • always walk in front of the officer, not behind
  • don’t cycle or use a scooter while crossing – walk

For more information regarding school crossing patrols or having a site assessed contact 020 8356 8364.

Page updated on: 5 January 2020

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