SDLP Cllr Angela Dobbins has urged all road users to exercise caution after reports of near misses across the city.
Cllr Dobbins said: “I have been contacted by a number of drivers concerned about pedestrians and cyclists not being visible and having ‘near misses’. I want to urge all those who are beginning a new year keep fit regime by jogging or walking – especially on our outer roads where there are no footpaths, to be aware that just because you can see the car, the driver may not see you until it is too late.
“I would also ask that parents who bought new bikes for their children for Christmas ensure that the bicycles have reflective strips and front and rear lights, that their child has high visibility clothing and appropriate headwear and above all, they have good ‘road sense’. This would also apply to all cyclists, new and seasoned.
“Drivers too must be critically aware that there are others on the road. Slow down and be more alert in bad conditions and in these winter nights.
“With limited lighting and poor visibility due to the bad weather, coupled with the fact that quite a number of street lights have not been repaired in and around estates as well as main roads, all road users should ensure that they can be seen from a distance, not just a few feet away.”