As the days grow shorter and winter starts to set in, it’s important that we are all prepared for cycling in the dark and/or in poor weather. It doesn’t have to be costly and with some basic kit you can continue to enjoy the benefits of safe cycling throughout the next few months.
The most important thing is ensure that you are clearly visible to other road users and for this you need two key things;
- After dusk you must have white front and red rear lights lit up. Your bike must also be fitted with a red rear reflector and amber pedal reflectors.
- Flashing lights can also be used but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.
- Tip: Spare batteries always come in handy when you realise one of your lights has stopped working!
- Try to avoid clothes which may get tangled in the chain, or in a wheel or may obscure your lights.
- Light-coloured or fluorescent clothing is particularly important as it ensures that you are visible to other road users. Whilst a reflective jacket is a sure way to of making yourself seen, you may also wish to invest in hi-vis arm and/or ankle bands and bag covers.
Investing in some basic waterproof clothing will also see you through the winter months and remember to replace your cycle helmet every 2-3 years in line with many manufacturers’ guidelines.
For further information on staying safe whilst cycling please refer to the Highway Code for Cyclers.
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