Police set up scheme to improve cycle safety during hours of darkness
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L-R: PCSO Richard Moorey and PCSO Nathan Ford
Police have come up with a bright idea to engage with cyclists who ride without lights during hours of darkness.
UK Government legislation states that any bicycle which is used between sunset and sunrise must be fitted with the following:
- white front light
- red rear light
- red rear reflector
- amber/yellow pedal reflectors – front and rear on each pedal
But instead of penalising individuals by issuing fixed penalty notices, officers will engage with and educate them, with the overall aim to improve road safety for everyone.
PCSO Richard Moorey said: “If a member of public is seen riding a cycle during the hours of darkness whilst the operation is on, they will been given the opportunity to purchase a set of bike lights, and bring their bike into the police station to show the lights have been purchased and fitted. This will mean no further action will be taken and no fixed penalty notice will be issued.”
The operation runs from 1 November to 31 January.
Ahead of this, members of the Chichester Neighbourhood Policing Team and Chichester Community Wardens will be at The Cross in Chichester on Friday 30 October for a cycle marking event, and to talk about Operation Shine.
Members of the public are welcome to attend from 10am to 12pm, or from 1pm to 4pm.