Dangerous cyclists warned to
stay safe and legal..!
DID you know that it is
illegal to cycle on a public road after dark without lights and reflectors, no
matter what age you are? Also did you know that exactly which lights and
reflectors, where to fit them and when to light up, is defined by the Road
Vehicles Lighting Regulations (RVLR)?
How many times do you hear a cyclist saying:- "the roads are dangerous for
cyclists" and also "the laws that apply to cars do not apply to
cyclists." But following on after a cyclist being jailed in September
2017, after knocking over and killing a woman as he sped through East London, on
a bike, it should be clear, all that Cyclist must comply with the This Highway
Code. Sadly this apparently has not had any
impact on the growing numbers of pedal cyclists, who think the laws do not apply
This week, as we run up to
Christmas, some of us might be thinking of getting a new bike, but cyclists in
Southport have been urged to keep themselves and others safe at night. They are
also being advised by the Police to brush up on the Highway Code.
1 of the biggest problems with cyclists is at night. Lights and reflectors are
required on a pedal cycle only between sunset and sunrise in the UK, despite
what many appear to think is the case.
Even more shocking are those who are well
aware of the risks and still go on to take them, by not having any attached, or
just not using them!
The advice comes after Police in Southport
received complaints from the public about some cyclists not being visible enough
on the roads and others riding on the pavement.
Officers are also highlighting to motorists in these areas the need to be aware
other road users such as cyclists and motorbikers, especially during the dark
mornings and afternoons and icy conditions.
Police are also ask that motorists, cyclists and motorbikers to apply the
Highway Code; observing:- 'Stop' and 'Give Way'
signs and traffic lights.
Community Inspector Graham Fisher said:- "As the Christmas period is
approaching and many people are buying new bikes for Christmas I would ask that
everyone takes a few moments to consider bike safety and security. Wearing light
coloured or reflective clothing and putting good quality lights, on both the
front and back of your bike, not only increases your visibility and the safety
of you and others, it is the law. If caught without lights and reflectors by
Police, offenders face receiving a fine."
Inspector Fisher added:- "We believe some of those reported to be cycling
without lights may be responsible for anti social behaviour in the Town. A 48
hour dispersal zone was in place in Southport Town Centre, from Friday night to
Sunday night, following recent reports of anti social behaviour. The zone gave
our Officers powers to direct people involved in anti-social behaviour and
criminal damage out of the zone. In addition, extra Officers patrolled Kings
Gardens, where there have been reports of groups congregating, causing nuisance
and damage. These issues will of course be closely monitored and further
dispersals will be authorised if appropriate. I welcome the information provided
to us so far from the local community, and we will continue to respond to their
concerns, to allow us to focus our resources on the right areas. Members of the
community with any further information are encouraged to speak with Officers in
the area, their dedicated Neighbourhood Team on:- 0151 777 3442, or via
calling:- 101. Anyone with information who does not wish to speak with us
directly can call Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111."
Shockingly most cyclists in the Southport area, who have been spotted without
lights, when asked, do not know that it is against the law to ride without
lights at night!
Helpful information when getting your lights and
reflectors, these are the minimum requirements:-
► Front Lamp must be marked as conforming to
BS6102/3 or an equivalent EC standard. If capable of emitting only a flashing
light, it must emit at least 4 candelas.
► Rear Lamp must be marked as conforming to
BS3648, or BS6102/3, or an equivalent EC standard. If capable of emitting only a
flashing light, it must emit at least 4 candelas.
► 1 rear reflector is required, coloured red, marked
BS6102/2 (or equivalent)
► 4 pedal reflectors are required:- coloured amber,
marked BS6102/2 (or equivalent), and positioned so that 1 is plainly visible to
the front and the another is visible to the rear of each pedal.
► When they
are required, the lights and reflectors listed below must be clean and working
Its also worth noting that both lights and
reflectors are not required when the cycle is stationary or being pushed along
It is not a legal requirement at the moment, but The Highway Code merely
suggests that cyclists:- 'should be considerate of other road users,
particularly blind and partially sighted pedestrians.' So when
getting a new bike, it might be a good idea to get a bell fitted as well...
Here at Southport and Mersey Reporter, we will be doing a special campaign to
highlight this, in the run up to Christmas.
We would like to know your ideas as
to how we can do this... Please email us to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.com. We are also running a few
questions about Cycling on our
Twitter account page and on our Facebook
Page. Please do join in and let us,
and our other readers know your views and thoughts.
Ambulance service warns chronic lung
condition complaints will rise as winter sets in
THE North West Ambulance
Service (NWAS) is urging people with long term lung conditions to take extra
precautions to look after their own health this winter. Statistics from the last
12 months show Ambulance crews attended 13,502 cases of people suffering with
chronic breathing problems including emphysema and bronchitis, with December
2016 and January 2017 seeing a 21% and 20% increase in numbers compared to the
The Ambulance service expects these numbers to increase this year, particularly
in winter when conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for
people aged 65 or older, and people with long term conditions.
This winter, compared to last, is tipped to be freezing and this, along with the
damp weather, forecast ice, snow and high winds, can all aggravate any existing
health problems. This can make people with existing health conditions such as
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) more vulnerable to developing a
serious winter illness.
There are lots of ways people can stay healthy throughout winter, and also
understand how to use NHS services in the most effective way. Ged Davies, an
Advanced Paramedic with an interest in COPD and paramedic lead on respiratory
illness says:- "It's a good idea to make sure you have an up to date
personalised care plan, if you have 1. A care plan will help you manage your
condition better, especially during the cold weather.
The flu jab can protect you all winter and it's best to get it before the real
cold weather comes. If you are in a risk group or aged over 65 or over, it is
really important to get vaccinated.
If you notice an increase in sputum, particularly if it is coloured or if you
are getting increasingly short of breath, you may consider contacting your GP or
COPD Nurse for advice.
If your symptoms are getting worse, and you have been prescribed rescue
medication, please consider using this as well as contacting a health
Only attend the Emergency Department (ED) if you're having significant
difficulty breathing and your reliever inhalers are not working.
The right NHS services are everywhere; you just need to choose the right 1 for
you. ED and your GP aren't your only options when it isn't an emergency. You'll
often be seen quicker at other NHS services, so check out NHS Choices for your
nearest Pharmacy, Walk In Centre or Minor Injuries Unit. It's better to do this
1st, rather than face a long wait at the ED. Alternatively if it's urgent, but
not an emergency and you're not sure what to do, call NHS:- 111."
Lung disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is on the rise in
the UK. According to the British Lung Foundation, the UK is among the top 20
countries for COPD mortality worldwide. In Europe, only Denmark and Hungary have
higher death rates for COPD, while rates are higher in the United States and New
Zealand than in the UK.
For more information of help, visit:-
Festive Markets Locations Revealed
ESTEEMED event promoters
Crafty Vintage have announced plans to hold a trio of Festive Markets across
Lancashire. The hugely popular seasonal gatherings will take place at Wyresdale
Park nr. Garstang, on the floating village at Brockholes Nature Reserve Nr.
Preston and at Holmes Mill in Clitheore.
Established for over 6 years, the winter markets showcase an exclusive mix of
exhibitors, a varied lineup of live music, artisan foods and delicious street
food. With a line up of handmade delights, gifts and collectables, all of which
are locally produced, the markets provide the ideal opportunity to shop local
and support independent business in the build up to Christmas.
Owner of Crafty Vintage, Laura Johnson said:-
"We cannot wait to welcome people to our festive markets. We know that our
makers, creators and collectors have been working around the clock to bring
together an amazing array of spectacular seasonal gifts."
Free tickets are available from the website:-
The Dates and Locations:-
Wyresdale Park Nr Garstang:- 25 November and 26 November 2017.
Brockholes Nr Preston:- 2 December and 3 December 2017.
Holmes Mill Clitheroe:- 10 December 2017.
Man charged in connection to firearms
operation in Norris Green
Detectives investigating a pre-planned firearms operation in Norris Green, on
Wednesday, 9 November 2017, have charged Conor Redrobe with possession of
ammunition. Conor Redrobe, aged 21, from Prescot, has been charged with the
possession of 2 live bullets, that had been recovered following the stop of a
vehicle, on Lower House Lane. He has been conditionally bailed to appear at
Liverpool Crown Court, on Tuesday, 5 December 2017. A 21 year old man from
Norris Green arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession
with intent to supply drugs remains in custody, for further questioning by
detectives. Anyone with information can contact the gun crime hotline on:- 0800
230 0600, or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.