Cyclists told to be bright

PUBLISHED: 01:01 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:48 10 June 2010

CYCLISTS and joggers are being advised to light up during the winter months to make themselves more visible to drivers and to help prevent the risk of an accident. A Woodbury resident, who didn't want to be named, says she has met countless cyclists and j

CYCLISTS and joggers are being advised to light up during the winter months to make themselves more visible to drivers and to help prevent the risk of an accident.A Woodbury resident, who didn't want to be named, says she has met countless cyclists and joggers in the area who are invisible to drivers because they are not wearing the recommended safety equipment.She said: "I drive at night on the road to Pink House corner from Woodbury and have met cyclists and joggers with no lights several times, sometimes on both sides of the road, so you don't know where to look."Most of the time you only catch sight of them at the last minute when you see the reflective strip on their trainers."A Devon County Council spokesman said: "We remind cyclists they need to make themselves as visible as possible during the darker evenings and in poor weather when visibility may be reduced."Riding in the dark without lights is dangerous and illegal. "Lighting-up time is sunset to sunrise and when visibility is reduced. "But, if in doubt, they should switch their lights on."Cyclists should be visible, ride well clear of the kerb, and wear bright clothing."The council also provides a wide range of initiatives to promote safe, considerate and legal cycling, to schoolchildren across the county."A police spokesman said: "Always wear a cycle helmet and fluorescent materials during the day and at dusk, and wear something reflective at night. "You must have a white front light, a red back light and a reflector at night. "Make sure they are clean and in working order."You should not use a personal stereo or mobile phone while cycling."Cyclists can be fined up to £1,000 for cycling at night without lights.

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