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Using Bike Lights for Safety Reasons

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 181

Why Should I Use Bike Lights?

Though having a front and rear set of bike lights is mandatory for any cyclist travelling at night in the UK, many cyclists still ride without them on a regular basis. It really isn't a lot of trouble to find a pair of lights and fix them to your bike and it makes it so much safer when riding, even if you're not riding on a public highway as they're not just for making you visible to traffic, but also making sure the route ahead of you is lit up. Every cyclist should be using bike lights daily when out on their bike.

Staying Safe

First and foremost, bike lights are there to keep you safe. Many people disregard them as unnecessary but that really isn't the case, they're an essential bit of kit for all cyclists and for all disciplines of cycling. Riding a bike is a lot more dangerous than most people think, especially on the roads at peak times of traffic congestion, and safety is paramount. A reflective cycling jacket, luminous sash and the standard reflectors on bikes aren't enough to really be safe and seen on the road and a good set of lights really is imperative for every cyclist who is going to be riding not just at night, but in any kind of reduced visibility conditions.

Who Needs to Use Bike Lights?

Bike lights aren't just for commuters or serious cycling hobbyists, every cyclist needs to use them, and are required to do so by law. The Highway Code 'Rules For Cyclists' number 60 states that "At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit", meaning that it is mandatory for all cyclists riding at night to have these lights fixed to their bicycles and lit up. This applies to all adult cyclists riding on cycle paths or roads and although children riding on paths are usually considered exempt from official cycling laws, they are perhaps most at risk when bike riding in the dark and making sure they have lights fitted should be a top priority before they go out on their bikes. It's common sense to make sure you're visible in the dark when travelling on or near the road and there really isn't an excuse for riding without lights on your bike. You wouldn't drive around in the dark with no headlights on, and bike lights should be thought about in the same way, after all they are perhaps even more integral to the safety of the cyclist than car lights are to a driver.

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