The County Wicklow Road Safety Task Force is calling on all cyclists to ‘light up your bike’ during these darker days and evenings.
Cyclists are reminded that the use of bicycle lights is a legal obligation when cycling during light periods. If you choose to drive without lights, or if your lights fail on the road, you become less visible and you risk a fixed penalty of 40 â¬.
Using bicycle lights helps increase your visibility to other road users and there are many types and styles to choose from. Most bicycle lights tend to run on battery or dynamo.
If you are using battery-powered, rechargeable / non-rechargeable bike lights, it is important to remember that they may run out of power during your trip. That’s why it’s important to have a spare pair that can be easily attached to your bike. It is also important to remember that bicycle lights are not only intended for adults, they should also be used by children and teenagers when they cycle to school.
The best tips for lighting your bike:
Battery – if you opt for disposable battery-powered lights, make sure you have enough power left to complete your trip fully lit. However, a better option might be rechargeable battery lamps. All you need to do is make sure they’re fully charged every time by disconnecting them when needed and recharging them at work or home.
Spare parts – It is useful to make a habit of carrying spare lamps or spare batteries with you – especially if you have a slightly longer trip. Replacement lamps don’t have to be expensive and it may be a good idea to keep some on the job, so you don’t get caught off guard on the way home. Don’t forget to recycle your old batteries.
Beware of thieves– If your lights are removable, never leave them attached to your bike unattended.
Dynamos – If you are buying a new bike, you may want to consider having a dynamo installed. Modern hub dynamos give you good light with minimal effort and you don’t have to worry about theft or running out of batteries.
Cllr Shay Cullen, Cathaoirleach of County Wicklow Council, said: âI am happy to support this very important âLight Up Your Bikeâ initiative to remind cyclists to make sure they have the correct lights on their bikes and to check them regularly. Bike lights are a simple but effective way to improve visibility. As the evenings get darker, we need to make sure the lights are working on our children’s bikes as well and check them regularly.
Inspector Paddy Casey, An Garda SÃochÃ¡na, Bray district, declared: “An Garda SÃochÃ¡na is delighted to be part of this very important road safety initiative in County Wicklow. A bicycle is not only intended for leisure activities, but also used by some as a means of transportation, which involves the personal responsibility of ensuring that cyclists and their bikes are properly equipped and visible to all other riders. of the road. This campaign is about the County Wicklow Road Safety Task Force, which educates the public about safe cycling on our roads. An Garda SÃochÃ¡na asks cyclists to ensure that they are visible to all other road users by equipping their bikes with correct lighting, while using our roads.
Mr. Sam Wade, CEO of the Highway Safety Authorityadded: âI am delighted to support this ‘Light UP Your Bike’ initiative to remind cyclists what they can do to make sure they are safe on our roads. Whether it’s cycling for transport or for fun, we want to make sure that cyclists are as visible as possible to motorists and other road users. As it gets darker in the morning and the evenings get darker earlier, we want to remind riders to check that the white light on the front of the bike is working and the red light on the back.
Linda Healy, County Wicklow Road Safety Officer, said that âUsing good quality lights on your bike is the best way to improve your visibility to other road users during darker mornings and evenings. Bike lights are a legal requirement during lighting hours, that is, from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.