Daylight saving ends this Sunday, 2 April. This means we’ll initially get more light in the mornings, but the days are growing ever shorter as winter approaches.
It is more likely that you’ll be riding your bike outside of daylight hours in the coming months, so be prepared. Make sure you have both front and back bicycle lights, and use them appropriately.
“The visibility of all road users is important – no less for bicycle riders. The laws are pretty good in this area and all that we as bike riders need to do is abide by the law,” said Pedal Power ACT Executive Office John Armstrong.
“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.”
And don’t forget to adjust your front lights correctly. Angle them onto the path in front of you rather than into any oncoming traffic.
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.”
Read up on the ins and outs of bicycle lights here, and stay safe on ACT paths and roads.
Win a set of bike lights! The first three people to join Pedal Power ACT as new members in the next week (before Saturday 8 April) will receive a free set of bike lights to make sure you’re seen with daylight saving changes. Simply enter the Promotion Code DAYLIGHT17 when registering.