Friday, 30 January 2015


When travelling around the Oscott area recently at night I have been surprised at the number of cyclist not using a light on their bikes after dark.
This time of year it can be very difficult for motorists and yes pedestrians to see cyclists coming when they have no lights on their bikes. It is not just children either.
I have seen cyclists using Dyas Road  and even the very busy Kingstanding Road without lights, for example.
 Thankfully most cyclists are sensible it has to be said.
I have asked the Police as I do every year to keep an eye on this issue


1. Visible upper body

To help drivers see you, go for a reflective/high vis garment that can be seen clearly from front and back. Why not try something that can go over your regular coat like a sash, high vis vest or a backpack cover?

2. Get creative with your bike lights

It’s a legal requirement to have white front and red rear lights and reflectors on your bike, and orange reflectors on your pedals. Lights should go on at dusk, and can be useful during the day too, especially when it’s a dull day.

3. Make your bike and helmet glow too

Get your bike and helmet involved in the reflective action. Try additional reflectors and lights on your spokes, to really make your wheels light up as they whizz round. Or go for some reflective stickers for your mudguards, panniers or the back of a child seat. And last but by no means least customise your helmet with a reflector too.

4. Stick to well-lit roads

Although lanes and canals are great for summer cycling, when darkness falls it’s hard to see and be seen without street lights. Stick to well-lit roads and paths when the sun goes down.

5. Keep an extra eye out for pedestrians

It can be hard to spot people on foot.

6. Make the bar or bike decision early on

If you know you will be having a few drinks on a night out, leave the bike at home and use public transport instead.

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