Cyclists warned - ‘don’t dice with danger’

PUBLISHED: 12:40 24 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:40 24 September 2014

Family riding bikes together

Family riding bikes together

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An Exmouth safety group is urging cyclists to ‘be safe, be seen’, in a bid to encourage the use of lights and hi-viz clothing at all times.

Exmouth cyclists are urged to ‘be safe, be seen’ to avoid accident or injury.

The message comes from the Exmouth branch of the Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership, who met recently to discuss cyclist safety.

The group is urging cyclists to light up and be seen during daylight hours and in darkness.

Exmouth police chief, inspector Antonia Weeks, said cyclists without lights who were involved in accidents faced prosecution.

Gerry Moore, community safety officer, said cyclists regularly diced with danger riding along the A376.

He said: “It never ceases to amaze me the number of cyclists who don’t wear reflective jackets, wear dark clothing and rucksacks and have no lights at all.

“I ask that the families of these people put pressure on their loved ones to change their habits and use common sense before they become yet another statistic.”

Councillor Steve Gazzard urged cyclists need to wear reflective clothing and helmets at all times and use bright lights on bikes during the hours of darkness.

He said: “I see cyclists every day who cycle with no regard for their own safety or that of other road users.

“As we approach the latter part of the year when it gets darker earlier, and for longer, it is imperative they take simple precautions to remain safe.”

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