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Stay safe on your bike in the darker months

With the clocks going back this weekend and the nights drawing in, it is more important than ever you are visible when travelling on your bike.

It is also important to think about the legal requirements you must adhere to when riding your bike out at night.

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Cycling and the law

If you are on the roads when it’s dark your bicycle is legally required to have both lights and reflectors fitted.

 •Your front light must be white and have a 110 degree visibility

•Your rear light must be red

•Front and rear lights are allowed to flash

•You must also have a red rear reflector and BS6102/2 amber reflectors on the front and rear of each pedal

Although the legal requirement is for the front light to have a 110 degree visibility, in practice not many cyclists are fully aware of this. Ensure that your front facing bike light meets this requirement to help ensure you are more visible from different angles. To give you extra visibility from the side also consider spoke reflectors.

You can be fined if you are cycling at night without lights.

 

General cycle safety at night

It is good practice to use your rear light when cycling during the autumn and winter months as the weather can change quickly and being as visible as possible on the road should be a priority.

Hi-viz clothing is also an ideal way of staying visible during dusk and dark nights. Reflective clothing is a highly effective way of being seen on the busy roads, especially when it is worn on parts of the body that move.

 

What to consider

•Hi-viz clothing is very effective at making you visible at night

•Add reflective items to body parts that move, i.e. shoes with reflective strips, reflective wrist bands and gloves

•If wearing a back pack or rucksack ensure it has reflective strips or areas for greater visibility

•Wear a rear light on your back pack or your helmet for extra visibility. The additional height of the light will be at eye level for most motorists

•Ensure the batteries in your lights are always in full working order and not running low

Staying visible on the roads during the winter months is important; it doesn’t cost the earth and can help you have many hours of safe cycling.