Be a night light!
Be a night light is the message from Peterborough Travelchoice this winter.
To make sure you’re cycling safely, you should adhere to the following recommendations:
- Be visible to other road users and pedestrians. Steer well clear of the curb; wear bright or fluorescent clothing in daylight and in poor light and reflective clothing at night. Always use lights after dark, in the rain or if the weather is overcast.
- Don’t ride in the gutter. Give yourself space on the left, and don’t feel you have to hug the curb if a car behind you gets impatient.
- Protect yourself. Always wear a helmet as this reduces the risk of head injury if you are involved in a crash.
- Show drivers what you plan to do in plenty of time. Always look and signal before you start, stop or make a turn. Make eye contact with drivers and let them know you’ve seen them.
- Ride decisively. Don’t weave between lanes or change direction suddenly without signaling.
- Use cycle facilities wherever possible: these include cycle lanes and paths, advanced stop lines for cycles at traffic lights.
If a cycle track (off road) is shared with pedestrians:
- Keep to the cyclists’ side.
- Watch out for people who might find it difficult to move out of your way, such as older people, children and people with disabilities.
- Use your bell to let people know you’re there.
- Be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.
- Don’t dodge through stationary traffic – ride in a straight line down one side.
Cyclists and the law – remember it’s against the law for cyclists to:
- Jump red lights, including lights at pedestrian crossings.
- Cycle on pavements, unless there’s a sign showing the pavement has been converted to a cycle track or shared-use surface.
- Ride across pedestrian crossings, unless it’s a toucan crossing.
And at night your cycle must have white front and red rear lights lit. It must also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.
If you do not feel confident following any of the above recommendations, why not take a look at Travelchoice's cycle training page.
This month, Travelchoice will be taking part in the Income Support roadshow on the following dates:
- 6th December - Cross Keys Homes Community Hub
- 8th December - Honeyhill Children's Centre Paston
- 13th December - Eastfield Children's Centre Eastfield
- 15th December - Hampton Children's Centre Hampton
They will be providing activities related to road safety as part of their 'Be Safe, Be Seen' winter campaign, promoting wearing reflective gear and safe walking and cycling to children around the city.
Look out for them at these locations and pop by to their stand!