Cy­clists must use lights af­ter dark

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Po­lit­i­cal ed­i­tor Sup­ple­ments ed­i­tor Busi­ness ed­i­tor Can some­thing not be done about the amount of cy­clists rid­ing, both on the road and on the pave­ment, af­ter dark with­out lights.

As some­one who is, at var­i­ous times, a pedes­trian, a cy­clist and a car-driver, I find this a very dan­ger­ous prac­tice for all con­cerned.

I thought hav­ing lights on a bike af­ter dark was com­pul­sory, or is this like cy­cling on the pave­ment – it’s il­le­gal but no­body can be both­ered to do any­thing about it? (I’ve ac­tu­ally seen a po­lice­man, on foot, step into the road so a bike could con­tinue down the pave­ment – but that’s an­other story).

Cy­cling from Bearsted to Willing­ton Street as it was get­ting dark, I saw six other peo­ple on bikes, all cy­cling on the road, and not only was I the only one to have lights switched on, I was the only one to ac­tu­ally have any lights on the bike at all.

Robin Cross, Willing­ton Street, Maid­stone

The KM is back­ing the Be Bright Be Seen cam­paign to keep us all safe as morn­ings and nights get darker. More on page 22. What’s On reporter KoL ed­i­tor KoL news ed­i­tor KoL as­sis­tant news ed­i­tor are avail­able by email­ing roy­al­navyre­unions@gmail.com

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