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Safer Roads

Next month (October), Wokingham Borough Council will be running a competition in partnership with My Journey Wokingham and Safer Roads Wokingham to highlight the importance of being seen during the dark autumn and winter months.


Good visibility means having bright lights and wearing light or reflective clothing and/or accessories when are riding a bike, or if you are walking in the dark.



The competition will be open to all schools and residents in the Wokingham Borough, inviting them to get creative and post photos, video or artwork on the subject of being bright.


Content can be posted on their own Twitter or Instagram profiles using the hashtag #yourtimetoshine and #woky for all residents, or for schools; #yourtimetoshine and their school name. Winners will be chosen daily for prizes, and an overall winner will be picked at the end of the competition to win an ultimate prize.


The adult daily prizes include arm band lights, and for the overall prize a pair of Beam LED shoes. Daily prizes of shoe lights will be awarded to pupils, with the overall prize of high-visibility rucksacks being given to the whole class. Full information can be found online at: www.yourtimetoshine.org.uk


October is also the last month for residents and employees to gain points and rewards for travelling in the BetterPoints scheme. Anyone who walks, cycles, take public transport or car shares can gain points on the BetterPoints app which can be used to get discounts in shops or be donated to charity (https://myjourneywokingham.betterpoints.uk).


Wokingham Council

Wokingham Borough Council’s executive member for highways and transport, Cllr Malcolm Richards, said: “Keeping bright and being seen when the light levels are low this time of year, is so important to make sure you’re visible to drivers, for pedestrians as well as cyclists on our roads.”