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Horsham Liberal Democrats

Cycle Safety at night

November 15, 2017 2:17 PM
By Morwen Millson

Whilst those who know me are aware that I am anything but a keen cyclist, I have always been a keen supporter of cycling and cyclists. I have campaigned for better facilities and safety provision, so that more people can enjoy cycling safely and conveniently.

But in the same way that motorists need to ensure their tyres are up to scratch, and their lights are working properly, at this time of the year I am often concerned that cyclists and pedestrians - including me - could do more to ensure they are visible at night.

One evening last week, because it was raining, I collected my cyclist husband from the station. Returning home, I suddenly saw a dark shadow cross the pool of light from a street light and slowed down. Coming towards us, dressed entirely in dark clothes and with no lights, were TWO bikes, each with TWO people on board! They were almost completely invisible until within about 20 metres - a distance which is relatively challenging to a motorist even within the 30 MPH speed limit on a wet road.

Please cyclists, and those who know and love cyclists, don't take risks with your lives by cycling without lights at night. And please don't take stupid risks by doubling up on bikes. They are not designed for two - unless they are tandems, and these weren't!