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Road users urged to make themselves visible

Road safety campaigners are urging runners, cyclists and walkers to ensure they wear high-visibility clothing when exercising on the roads.

Bermuda Road Safety Council chairwoman Erica Rance Mill said in a statement: “Now that the weather is cooler, more people seem to be taking to the roads to exercise.

“While this is a positive thing to do and very healthy, we urge all road users to put safety first at all times.

“Recently I have been contacted by a number of riders and drivers that are concerned about the low visibility of some of the runners and walkers.

“The last thing I want to do is to discourage people from getting out and exercising, but nor do I want to hear of an injury that could possibly have been avoided.” It is the latest in a string of safety messages from the council, which has reported that more than 1,400 people required emergency hospital treatment due to road accidents in the first ten months of this year.

Ms Rance Mill added: “Please wear reflective jackets or runner’s bibs, ensure you are wearing light-coloured clothing.

“Small flashing lights are also effective but please do not use anything that would become a hazard.

“People need to think about their own safety, but they also need to think about the effects of their actions, or inaction, on others.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility so please ensure to do your part in making our roads safe for everyone.”