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Dark night safety advice for cyclists

December 3, 2018
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As the shortest day draws ever closer, please remember to stay alert when you’re driving in the dark and keep your eyes out for cyclists.

If you’re riding your bike after dark, remember it’s a legal requirement to have lights and reflectors fitted – your front light must be white and have a 110 degree visibility and your rear light must be red. You must also have a red rear reflector and BS6102/2 amber reflectors on the front and rear of each pedal.

We’d also recommend wearing hi-viz clothing and adding reflective items to body parts that move, e.g. reflective strips for shoes, wrist bands and gloves. If you’re wearing a backpack or rucksack, ensure it has reflective strips or areas. Wear a red light either on your backpack or on the back of your helmet – that light will be at eye level for most motorists and increases your chances of being seen.

Remember to give cyclists plenty of room when passing and be patient. It might add five minutes onto your journey, but it means everyone gets home safely for Christmas.

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