Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe
(18 October 2019)
With the clocks about to change and the long nights soon upon us, it is time to use your lights when cycling. Remember to take your lights with you when you leave your home - it may be light when you leave in the morning, but come 4.30pm it will be dark. It is a legal requirement that all cyclists must have appropriate lighting on their bikes at night. Additional information on the Highway Code for cyclists can be found here. Further details can also be found on the Greenspace Cycling webpage.
With a little preparation, cycling in the winter can be as enjoyable as in the summer. However, winter often means you may be cycling to and from the University in the dark. It is therefore important that you are seen by others, especially motorists. Lights not only help you see in the dark but they also help you be seen so think about this when purchasing lights. Also consider wearing bright or reflective clothing at night and in bad weather, and ride in a position where you can see and be seen.
The Law states: At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front light.