Stay safe and stay legal - use your bike lights, urges Tees Valley cycling project
Cyclists are being reminded to use bike lights and reflectors to make sure they comply with the law and can be seen by other road users. Despite there being a drop in the number of cyclists injured on the roads over the years, not being visible to other road users is still a major factor in improving road safety.
A new campaign was launched during National Road Safety Week by Local Motion, the Tees Valley’s sustainable transport programme.
The Shining Example campaign was aimed at reminding cyclists that lights are a legal requirement at night.
To kick off the campaign, the Local Motion team and police from the Darlington PSCO team were at Cummins Engine Plant to provide advice to cyclists as they were arriving at work.
“There’s a high proportion of cyclists who don’t use lights or who wear dark clothing, which can be a problem for other road users and cyclists alike.” explained Sergeant Louise Guest from Darlington Police.
She continued “If motorists, pedestrians or other cyclists can’t see a bike on the road, it can result in dangerous swerving or breaking to avoid them. You wouldn’t drive a car without lights, so why would you cycle without them?”
Jenna Hills, Health and Safety Advisor said, “Cummins is happy to work with Local Motion on this important safety initiative, particularly at this time of year. Cummins promotes health and wellbeing across the organisation and takes its environmental obligations very seriously, and encouraging employees to cycle to work is good for their wellbeing and our environment.
“During the winter months, it is particularly important to ensure that cyclists have good visibility and can be seen by other road users. We are very grateful that we have been asked to participate in this initiative.”
Campaign resources were also provided to businesses and groups across the Tees Valley to spread the word about the campaign inlcuding a competition that ran from 22 November to 8 December 2017.