South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
Be Bright, Be Seen

When you are out and about near roads it is important that other road users can see you when it is dark, poor visibility or if you are out on your bicycle. During the winter months, you are more likely to be outside so this is something to think about.
So, what can you do to be safer on the roads? Firstly, wear bright colours! Fluorescent or neon colours are better.

Fluorescent neons These colours can help drivers to see you better if it is dull and grey outside. Fluorescent colours are good in daylight and help you to be seen by all other road users. Here are some examples of what you could wear to be bright: jackets, hats, bags and even stickers.


Neon jackets Neon bags Neon hats


Check out BrightKidz website, they have lots of Fluorescent items you can buy.


School crossing patrol warden Firefighter Police officer


Secondly, we have to have something reflective! To be seen well when it is dark, it is better to wear reflective materials that glow brightly when lights shine on them.
Jobs that require people to work outside often have uniforms that have reflective material on them.
Take a look at the picture of the School Crossing Patrol Warden below. Can you see how their uniform is 'glowing' with the car headlights shining on it? Even the lollypop sign is reflective so it can be seen clearly.


Reflective school crossing

Remember - The best way to keep yourself safer on our roads is to wear something bright and reflective and also cross the road in a safe, well-lit place, using a special pedestrian crossing where you can. Finally, always remember to Stop, Look, Listen and Think!


Ideas of how you can promote Be Bright Be Seen in school:

  • Ask if you can do an assembly on being bright and being seen
  • Run a competition for everyone to get involved in
  • Have a Be Bright Be Seen fashion show where everyone comes dressed as bright as they can!

If you decide to do an activity for Be Bright Be Seen, make sure you tell us about it and we can include you in the next newsletter.

Activity Sheets
Be bright be seen
Bright Be Seen (PDF)
See how bright you can colour these characters in so the traffic can see them.
Dress brightly boy
Dress Brightly, Boy (PDF)
Colour in Zeb to make sure the traffic can see him.
Dress brightly girl
Dress Brightly, Girl (PDF)
Colour in Grace to make sure the traffic can see her.
Spot the difference 1
Spot the Difference (PDF)
Can you spot the 6 difference on the Police Officer?
Design your own t shirt
T-shirt (PDF)
Can you design your own bright t-shirt?
Police officers
Police Officers (PDF)
What do Police Officers wear when they are out and about? Colour him in so that people can see him.
Lollypop man
Lollipop Man (PDF)
Colour in the school crossing patrol warden to make sure he can be seen by traffic when doing his job.
Spot the difference 2
Spot the Difference (PDF)
Can you spot the 8 differences on the school crossing patrol warden?
Other resources
Be Bright, Be Seen this winter
Tales of the Road - Be Bright Be Seen This Winter (PDF)
The girl who didnt dress bright in the dark
Tales of the Road - The Girl Who Didn't Dress Bright In The Dark Poster (PDF)
Spike - Be bright, morning or night
Spike - Be bright morning or night (PDF)