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
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and our other readers know your views and thoughts.