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Top tips for cyclist safety coming into brighter nights

By 18th May 2023 Uncategorised
CRASH Services

As the nights get brighter, it’s important to remember some top tips for cyclist safety.

According to the PSNI Northern Ireland Road Safety Report for 2022, 7.7% of pedal cyclists were killed or seriously injured in Northern Ireland, resulting in 300 casualties. The report also saw an increase of 15.6% for pedal cyclist casualties in the last year, increasing by 74.

The 2020 report notes that the majority of cyclist casualties (84%) occurred in urban areas, with 16% occurring in rural areas. Additionally, the report indicates that 70% of cyclist casualties occurred on 30 mph roads, and that 62% of cyclist casualties occurred during the period from May to September.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Wear bright or reflective clothing: When cycling at night, wear bright or reflective clothing that will make you more visible to drivers.
  2. Use lights and reflectors: Make sure your bike has working lights and reflectors on the front, back, and sides. This will make you more visible to drivers in low light conditions.
  3. Follow traffic rules: Cyclists must follow the same traffic rules as drivers. This includes stopping at stop signs and traffic lights and signalling when turning.
  4. Use bike lanes and paths: If there is a bike lane or path available, use it instead of cycling on the road. If there is no bike lane or path, cycle on the side of the road and stay as far to the right as possible.
  5. Look both ways: Before crossing the road or making a turn, look left and right to check for oncoming traffic. Don’t assume that drivers will see you, even if you have the right of way.
  6. Avoid distractions: Avoid using your phone or other electronic devices while cycling, as this can distract you from your surroundings and make you more vulnerable to accidents.
  7. Be aware of your surroundings: Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep an eye out for pedestrians, other cyclists, and obstacles in your path.
  8. Teach children about cyclist safety: If you have children, teach them about cyclist safety and always supervise them when they are cycling near roads.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure your own safety and the safety of others while cycling at night.


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