Be safe, be seen...
Be safe, be seen
As winter approaches the days are getting shorter and there is more chance of you waiting at bus stops in the dusk or darkness. This makes it hard for drivers to spot someone waiting for a bus.
In the towns, where the streets are generally well lit, it isn't so bad but on our more rural services where there are fewer, if any, street lights it can be a real problem. We also don't have any direct control over lighting at shelters, though we do work closely with the owners/maintenance companies and put pressure on them to fit lighting where they can. There are, however, some stops out in rural locations where there is no power source close by so they are unlikely to ever get lighting fitted.
We are asking our drivers to be extra vigilant when approaching bus stops.
- We also have a limited supply of reflective slapwrist bands to give away - you can either wear them as armbands or just hold them out as you see the bus approach, the headlights from the bus will reflect off the reflective material which is compliant with the CE EN13356 standard.
- If you would like a reflective wristband to help you be seen at dark bus stops please either pop into Crawley Bus Station Travel Shop or email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting one - please provide your postal address. Whilst stocks last!
You can also use the light from your mobile phone, by waving your phone around when waiting at the stop, it could help attract their attention – it’s not bright enough to dazzle our drivers but might be enough to make him/her aware someone is waiting at the bus stop.
To help drivers pick out stops earlier in the dark we are trialling reflective bus stop flags at some bus stops.