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Cycle Safety and the Highway Code
Are you aware that it is a mandatory requirement of the Highway Code for all cycles to be fitted with reflectors and lights if being ridden at night?
Rule 60 of the Highway Code states that:
· At night your cycle MUST have illuminated white front and red rear lights.
· Your cycle MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 01 October 1985).
The above requirements within Rule 60 are mandatory. (The Highway Code emphasises this by highlighting the word “MUST” in bold capitals).
Rule 60 also states that:
· While 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
These two recommendations are not mandatory, but are good advice to cyclists to ensure that they are safe and visible to other road users.
Boyes Turner are instructed by many cycle users who have been injured whilst cycling in circumstances where the correct use of cycle lights might have helped avoid the accident, such as falling from the bike owing to unseen defects in the road surface or collisions with another vehicle whose driver didn't see them.
Boyes Turner recommend that all cyclists comply with the Highway Code, both for their own safety and to increase their prospects of recovering compensation in the event of an accident.
Additionally, other items such as reflective strips, reflectors that can be attached to cycle helmets and specially designed, bright clothing can make you more visible to other road users.
Boyes Turner are trustees of “Cycle-Smart”, a local cycle charity in Reading and share their aims to promote cycle safety.
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