Winter warning for county cyclists and joggers

Gritters at the Brixworth depot

Gritters at the Brixworth depot

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Police are urging road users to make sure they prepare for winter now autumn has arrived.

The call comes as mornings and evenings get darker and is aimed at those who use the county’s roads and pavements and need to be seen by others.

Cyclists in particular are being reminded to make sure they have working lights on their bikes, are wearing high visibility clothing and a helmet.

They are also being reminded that footpaths are not cyclepaths and that to cycle on a footpath is a criminal offence.

Joggers are also being urged to make sure they are visible while out in the dark, especially if they are jogging on roads.

Motorists are also being encouraged to check their lights and tyres are in good working order as the autumnal weather sets in.

Superintendent Sean Bell, from the force’s operations department, said: “We are committed to reducing the number of casualties on Northamptonshire’s roads and it is vital that every road user makes sure they can do all they can to stay safe.

“Cyclists should ensure they have working lights on their bike and wear high visibility clothing as well as a correctly fitted helmet.

“Joggers should also take safety responsibly and ensure that they are also wearing high visibility clothing if they are jogging along a road.

“Of course motorists are also reminded to make sure they use the most appropriate lights, at the most appropriate settings when driving in the dark.

“They should also make sure that their tyres are roadworthy as wet and icy weather becomes more commonplace.”