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Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe!

(30 October 2020)

With autumn now upon us the long dark nights will soon be here, so make sure you're visible to all road users. Now is the time to use your lights when cycling in the dark and remember to always take them with when you leave your residence - it may be light when you leave in the morning, but come 4.30pm it will be dark. Did you know… it's actually the law that all cyclists have appropriate lighting on their bikes at night. During November, staff and students can receive a 10% discount on any lights purchased at the Recyke y’bike shop! They will even fit them from free.

With a little preparation, cycling in the winter can be as enjoyable as 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. Durham County Council and Think! (road safety campaigners) also have information for cyclists and drivers on keeping cyclists safe.

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