‘Your Time to Shine’ is a new campaign reminding children and their parents of the importance of being visible to traffic.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council explained: “With the clocks going back, signalling the start of shorter winter days, and as children go back to school after half term, it’s easy to forget how dark it can be on the way home. We’re encouraging everyone using the roads to make sure they can be seen during the dull winter months.”
Hampshire County Council is advising people who may be walking or cycling near traffic, to wear reflective clothing, and to make sure bike lights are clean and in good working order.
Councillor Humby continued: “To highlight the importance of pedestrians and cyclists making sure they can be seen by all drivers, we’ve invited schools to swap school uniform for bright clothing for a day.”
Over 50 schools around Hampshire, many of which have Junior Road Safety Officers, are taking part in the County Councils ‘Be Bright Be Seen’ non-uniform day, which encourages children to dress as brightly as possible to make themselves more visible to drivers. Schools have been given activity ideas to use in the classroom and those involved in Your Time to Shine will be tweeting photos of their days and their brightly coloured outfits, lights and gadgets, using #yourtimetoshine
Activities in schools will include:
- Be Bright Assemblies
- Poster designing for notice boards
- Arts and crafts
- Role play
To keep track of daylight hours over the coming winter months, visit https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/uk/winchester