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Cycling Tips: Be Seen, Be Safe

Cyclists, Be Seen, Be Safe - Winter Cycling Tips

Autumn is a time to use your lights when cycling in the dark. Remember that at night, or in poor light, it is a legal requirement that all cyclists must have a working front (white) and a rear (red) light on their bikes; Police will issue fines to cyclists who do not comply. Details are set out below to assist cyclists and further information about how to stay safe when out on your bike can be found in the Highway Code for Cyclists (Rules for cyclists 59 to 82).

Rule 59 - Clothing. You should wear:

  • a cycle helmet which conforms to current regulations, is the correct size and securely fastened
  • appropriate clothes for cycling. Avoid clothes which may get tangled in the chain, or in a wheel or may obscure your lights
  • light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which helps other road users to see you in daylight and poor light
  • reflective clothing and/or accessories (belt, arm or ankle bands) in the dark.

Additional information:

1. Make sure motorists can see you;

2. Use lights and consider wearing bright or reflective clothing, especially in towns, at night and in bad weather;

3. Ride in a position where you can see and be seen;

4. Make eye contact with other road users, especially at junctions, then you know they’ve seen you;

5. Signal clearly at all times;

6. Use your bell - not all pedestrians can see you.

Addtional Winter Cycling Tips and GoSmarter advice on how to keep moving during the winter months.

Durham County Council and Think! (road safety campaigners) also have information for cyclists and drivers on keeping cyclists safe, please visit their respective websites.

There are several shops within Durham City where lights can be purchased, including Recyke Y'Bike so visit them today!