You are urged to take extra care during the winter months when it is often dark and can be icy. Be aware that drivers may not be able to see you if you are wearing dark clothing and make sure that you have plenty of time for crossing roads. It is recommended that you do not listen to music so that you can hear and see the traffic. International students need to be particularly aware as many of you will come from countries where traffic travels on the right.
Students based at the Colchester campus are reminded of the danger of crossing the A133 dual carriageway between campus and the Greenstead Estate (Clinghoe Hill). The road has poor visibility for drivers, especially after dark and traffic is very fast. There have been serious accidents on this road that have lead to fatalities. Please take care and only cross at the pedestrian crossings at the roundabout.
The Highway Code is not just for drivers, it applies to cyclists too. Key points of the code for cyclists are:
- At night your cycle must have front and rear lights lit. It must also be fitted with a red rear reflector, white front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen.
- You must not cycle on the pavement. Do not leave your cycle where it would endanger or obstruct road users or pedestrians, for example, lying on the pavement. Use cycle parking facilities where provided.
We recommend that you buy at least one sturdy lock for your bike as we frequently have reports of bikes being stolen. This is much less likely to happen if you have locked your bike with one or more D-locks. If your bike is stolen report it to your local police station as soon as possible. If it is stolen from the Colchester Campus also report it to the Patrol Staff at the Information Centre, Square 3.
All drivers in the UK must abide by The Highway Code. If you do not have a UK driving licence and want to know if you can drive in the UK, the DVLA has all the relevant information. We also recommend you read the UKCISA guidance for international students on driving in the UK.
In the UK, it is the law that children must use a child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall.
There are several taxi companies in the local area, you can also call ‘Infoline’ which operates overnight, 01206 87(4062).
The companies and their drivers should be able to quote you a price before you travel although some cabs work with a meter and some don’t. All taxis and minicabs operating legally are licensed – don’t get into an unmarked car, even if the driver says they are from a taxi service.