‘Be Bright Be Seen’, urges the Safer Essex Roads Partnership

SERP be bright be seen

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is reminding cyclists to use bike lights when riding during dark hours.

Every year an average of five cyclists are injured on Essex roads where ‘no lights’ has been identified as a contributory factor. In 2014, twelve cyclists in Essex who did not have lights fitted to their bikes, sustained injuries.

Hilary Wicks, senior road safety officer for cycling, said:

“Since the clocks went back on October 28, it is now increasingly likely journeys for commuting or for school will be made during darkness.

“Not only is it illegal to cycle on a public road after dark without lights and reflectors, it is extremely unsafe to reduce your visibility to other road users.

“We are also asking drivers to be aware of cyclists, giving them plenty of room when overtaking and allowing extra room in wet weather as surfaces will be slippery.”

Road safety officers from SERP will be at Colchester train station at 5pm on Thursday 13 December, giving out free temporary bike lights to those without them.

07 December 2018

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