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									News release
Issued Wednesday 21 October 2009

Light up and be seen this winter
With the clocks set to go back this weekend, the Cycling City York team is reminding cyclists of the need to light up and be seen to stay safe on the roads this winter.

It’s important for cyclists to ensure that they follow the highway code, obey the rules of the road, and look out for pedestrians, but also that they can be seen clearly by other road users. This means: ensuring that lights and reflectors work and are kept clean; wearing light coloured clothing; investing in some high visibility clothing or reflective ‘slapwraps’, if possible.

Motorists can help by slowing down and making sure they give cyclists enough room.

The Cycling City York team will hold a Light Up Your Bike event in Parliament Street on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (26, 27 and 28 October) to give people an opportunity to see some of the different types of lights available for cycles. Experts will be on hand to offer advice, and demonstrate and fit lighting sets.

The Highway Code states that, at night, cyclists must have white front and red rear lights lit. Bikes must also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1 October 1985). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help cyclists 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.

Graham Titchener, programme manager for Cycling City York, said: “In the Highway Code, ‘night’ is defined as the period between half an hour after sunset and half an hour before sunrise. The rules are very clear, so there is no excuse for not having lights on your bike after dark. If you’re unsure about what sort of lighting to use, come along to our Light Up Your Bike event next week and chat to the team about the different options available.

“We want to ensure that everyone stays safe when riding their bikes through the winter months. Remember - if you don’t have lights on, you are very difficult to see and pose a real danger to yourself and others around you.”

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