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Top Tips For Staying Safe Whilst Cycling At Night

2 December 2019

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Many people can be put off by cycling at night, however there are many safety measures that you can implement to remain visible and safe on the roads. There are also legal requirements that must be adhered to when going out on your bike when it is dark outside.

Legal requirements when cycling in the dark

It is the law that cyclists must have lights and reflectors fitted to their bicycle when using the roads when it’s dark at night or in the early morning. This includes fitting:

• A front white light that should have a 110 degree visibility.
• A rear light that must be red.
• A red rear reflector.
• BS6102/2 amber reflectors on the front and rear of each pedal.

Hi-Vis Clothing

It is a good idea to wear high-vis clothing to ensure that you are clearly seen by other road users. You can improve your visibility by:

• Wearing reflective strips, wristbands and gloves.
• Wearing a hi-vis jacket.
• Attaching reflective strips to your backpack.
• Attaching a rear light to your backpack and/or helmet for extra visibility.
• Ensuring that the batteries in your lights are in full working order.

Plan your route

It is a good idea to ride on roads that you are familiar with when it’s dark, to avoid any surprises such potholes or poorly surfaced roads that may cause damage to your bike or cause you to have an accident.

Ride with a group or partner

If possible try and always cycle with a friend or group. This will provide you with safety in numbers and any necessary help with mechanical issues if you have trouble with your bike.

If you have had the unfortunate experience of being knocked off your bike due to the negligent actions of another road user you could be entitled to make a claim. True Solicitors have been acting for injured cyclists for years and are committed to getting you back on the road again.

Speak to us today on 0344 854 7000 or submit your details below and we’ll call you back for a free, no-obligation assessment of your case.

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