Benny is here to help you Be Bright! Be Seen! He’s got a few tips that will help bikers, pedestrians and drivers have a safer commute, and make Oregon’s dark, rainy winter days and nights a little brighter.
Benny knows the key to a safe commute is to be seen. Using lights, reflective tape, along with wearing light-colored clothes makes you more visible as a biker or pedestrian. Stand out and stay safe.
Be Bright! Is a collaborative effort between Oregon State University and the City of Corvallis (http://www.corvallisoregon.gov/) to encourage Corvallis citizens and the OSU community to increase their visibility on their daily commute. Getting around safely during Corvallis’ long, dark winters can be tough, but there are ways to make it easier. Don’t blend in with the gray, stand out!
Look below for tips on what to wear, how to gear up and how to make your trip across campus and around town safe.
Here are some other links that can help you as you brighten your commute:
- Department of Public Safety: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/security/bike_safety/
- ODOT: http://www.oregon.gov/odot/ts/Pages/bicyclistsafety.aspx
- Metro: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=34387
Make a flashy entrance
Biking and walking are great ways to get around town. You don’t use gas, you get plenty of exercise and fresh air, and you don’t have to worry about parking. But after a couple of close calls with drivers and other bikers, it can sometimes be a little scary out there.
Wearing dark clothes and not using lights or reflective gear make it nearly impossible for others to see you once the sun goes down. Add a little rain, and you blend in with the scenery. But it’s not hard to stand out. All you need is a little illumination. Be seen with lights, reflective gear, and bright colors.
Be a glowing success
Oregon law requires a bright white light on the front of your bike after dark, but plenty of bikers don’t follow that rule, and others just forget to turn them on when it gets dark. Being bright is as easy as installing bright lights on the front and rear of your bike or clipping a blinking light to your backpack, umbrella or coat if you’re walking. Bikers and walkers also benefit by wearing bright gear with reflective strips, wrist or ankle bands. See, being seen is fashionable! Lights and other safety gear is available at Corvallis area bike shops.
Illuminate your wardrobe
Reflective tape allows you to flex your creative muscles and create amazing and fashionable designs on your outer gear. Carry an illuminated umbrella to really make an impact. Use a flashlight or turn your cellphone into a glowing beacon with one of many free flashlight apps. Clip blinking lights to your backpack or hat, or pin them onto the back of your coat.
Stay Sharp, Be Bright
Drivers and other bikers have another important role: paying attention. Even when bikers and pedestrians are fully illuminated, drivers only looking for other cars or paying attention to things inside their car can be extremely dangerous. It’s your responsibility to share the road, and keep an eye out for bikes and pedestrians when crossing intersections, turning, and generally making your way around town.