Light up this Christmas

Portsmouth City Council road safety officers have been patrolling Portsmouth roads in recent weeks to encourage road users to look out for one another at night time.

As part of the council's 'Be Bright' campaign, officers visited various sites across Portsmouth to hand out free hi-vis rucksack covers, neck tubes and temporary lights to cyclists who weren't properly and safely equipped for cycling at night.

The team visited Albert Road, dressed for the festive season, officers engaged with 45 cyclists - 20 of whom were not equipped with lights.

This follows similar work in November, during Road Safety Week, when the team spent time at two locations popular with commuters, Hilsea Lido and London Road.

At Hilsea Lido, officers spoke with over 70 cyclists during the two hour operation. Of those, 18 did not have lights and were provided temporary lights to get them home safely.

In London Road, when over 80 cyclists received road safety advice. On this occasion, 21 were stopped for not having lights.

Councillor Simon Bosher, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: "Cycle casualties are high during the darker months, when the number of cycle collisions increase by up to a third with the majority occurring are night time. There is a need for education - not just amongst the cycling community but for all road users. It is vital that we all look out for one another - especially during these months.

"If a bike is on your Christmas list this year, please make sure you purchase suitable lights, a helmet and hi-vis cycle wear too."  

It is illegal to cycle on a public road after dark without lights. Anyone cycling without lights could be issued with a £50 fine. Good-quality lights and other cycling products are available from the council at almost cost price (view products here). Just ask at reception at the Civic Offices, Guildhall Square.

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