With the end of Daylight Saving Time comes more hours of darkness in the evening. Whether you’re walking to a bus stop or standing at one while it’s dark outside, Pierce Transit encourages you to think about the importance of being seen by passing motorists. Here are some tips to help you be seen, and be safe. They can also help your bus driver spot you at a bus stop after dark:
- Wear light or bright colors. Choose a light-colored or bright coat and/or accessories, such as a scarf, hat or backpack.
- Attach safety lights to your clothing or bags. These small solid or blinking lights are inexpensive and available at many retailers or online.
- Carry a flashlight. When the bus approaches, shine your flashlight onto the ground and wave it slightly to catch the bus driver’s attention. Please do not shine it directly at the bus and/or into the driver’s eyes.
- Use your phone. With your phone lit, wave it slightly to ensure the driver sees you. If you’re using a flashlight app or strobe light app, please don’t shine it directly at the bus.
- Wear reflective gear. Inexpensive safety vests and other reflective gear are available at local retailers or online.
To further help, Pierce Transit is in the process of installing reflective material on bus stop poles. These will help bus drivers see the stops more clearly and can be used to catch the driver’s attention if you wave your hand in front of it as the bus approaches.
Be seen, and be safe!