I’m sure it’s not particularly a Nottingham thing but has anyone noticed the amount of cyclists these days who ride around in the dark almost completely invisible with no lights on on their bikes?
Sometimes it’s youngsters but by no means always, do they actually realise the danger they are placing themselves in? How many of you have been shocked at just how indistinct these riders are when you’re out and about driving the roads? It’s just frightening. What’s more they don’t appear to care.
It’s not just motorists who have to beware as the current vogue appears to be riding bikes on the pavements these days. Living just off an extremely busy arterial road into Nottingham, I can have plenty of sympathy with this but it’s also a danger to pedestrians, especially when the bikes are nipping along smartly with no lights. Why has this custom of not having lights grown the way it has? It’s hardly the most difficult thing to do to fit a couple of lights on your bike.
The main point I would make here is that of the lack of lighting on cycles on public roads. The issue of riding on pavements is a secondary one and as I mentioned I have some sympathy with that situation. Indeed I ride a bike myself occasionally so I’m well aware of the dangers.
There is no need not to have lighting whilst riding on a public road. No reasonable excuse that I can think of. I think the cyclists should worry about their own situation and safety. For me personally it’s not an issue, I have around a ton of Japanese motor car surrounding me when I’m out on the roads. It’s the cyclist’s call to attend to this simple matter that just might prevent them from getting seriously injured or sad to say, killed.
Pictured left is the proposed penalty for cycling without lights: