Don’t be in the dark about riding in the dark

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As the days get shorter and night comes sooner, cyclists need to ensure they’ve got the proper accessories to not only see after dark, but be seen by other road users.

That’s the message from Canberra’s largest cycling organisation, Pedal Power, which is reminding ACT cyclists to dust off their bike lights ahead of the end of Daylight Saving Time this weekend.

“Shorter days and the end of Daylight Saving doesn’t need to bring an end to riding to and from work,” said Pedal Power Executive Officer, John Armstrong.

“However, bikes are much less visible than cars, and can often be overlooked, even when riding in areas with lots of streetlights.

“Whether on a road or cycle path, people need to make sure they’re properly prepared to ride after dark, including making it easy for others to see them.”

Mr Armstrong said ACT road rules required all bikes to have a red rear reflector, and front white light and rear red light, with both having enough power to be clearly visible from at least 200 metres away.

“New technology has now made bicycle lights very bright and very affordable, so there’s no excuse for us to be in the dark about riding after dark.

“Without lights, riders are putting themselves and others at risk, and can be liable to a fine of up to $312.”

Many people choose to wear light-coloured or reflective clothing, particularly if they were riding on the road. “However this remains a matter of personal choice” said Mr Armstrong

“If we obey the law and provide the necessary lighting whilst riding, it allows a safe journey by all– riding after dark isn’t just about seeing what’s in front of us, but making sure we’re easily seen by others, including people in vehicles, on foot or other riders.”

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  1. Michael James 12/04/2015 at 9:04 PM - 

    Legal bike lighting (front and rear lights, visible from 200 metres) is an absolute minimum. For night riding wear a light coloured jacket, reflective anklets, a 1/2 watt red led for a rear light, about 200 lumens of steady white light on the handlebars, and 500+ lumens of tight beam directable light on the helmet. Then you are in control of your environment. With power comes responsibility, don’t point that helmet light at (look away from) anyone who isn’t annoying you.

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