News

Go Cycle safely at night

As the clocks go back this Sunday, Kingston Council’s Go Cycle team will be out and about offering top tips for cyclists on how they can ride safely at night.

The team will be at commuter hubs across the borough over the next fortnight offering free Go Cycle lights for cyclists.

Go Cycle sustainable transport planner Dan Quan said: “It’s important as the shortened days begin that cyclists are doing all they can to ensure they are as visible as possible on the roads. We have a broad cycling community in Kingston and while seasoned riders may be confident cycling at night, we’re keen to ensure those who are newer to cycling are fully equipped for cycling in the winter months.”

Kingston Council is working towards the development of more segregated and improved cycle paths across the borough. The Go Cycle programme is aimed at helping to change the way people travel around Kingston. It also supports the Mayor’s Healthy Streets Programme, aimed at improving the health of Londoners.

The first route along Portsmouth Road will soon be completed, while three other projects (Wheatfield Way, Kingston Station and Surbiton to Kingston) are moving to detailed design for construction in 2017.

Three further routes are currently out to public consultation. They are:

  • Kingston to Tolworth
  • Kingston to Kingston Vale
  • Kingston to New Malden

The public consultation closes on 17 November. To go have your say, head to our online consultation portal (www.kingston.gov.uk/gocycleconsultations), or you can pick up a leaflet from a local library or at the Council, Guildhall 2, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1EU.

Go Cycle - go safely

The Go Cycle team will at the following locations handing out night safety advice and free bike lights:

  • Surbiton Station, Tuesday 1 November and Tuesday 8 November (4pm to 6pm)
  • Kingston Station, Wednesday 2 November and Wednesday 9 November (4pm to 6pm).

Top 10 tips for night cycling:

When the days are shorter it is more important than ever to ensure your bicycle is not only road worthy but also kitted correctly for night use:

  • Your front light must be white and have a 110 degree visibility
  • Your rear light must be red
  • Front and rear lights are allowed to flash
  • Keep your front and rear reflectors clean and clear of mud
  • Hi-visibility clothing is an ideal way of staying visible during dusk and dark nights
  • Add reflective items to body parts that move, i.e. shoes with reflective strips, reflective wristbands and gloves
  • If wearing a backpack or rucksack ensure it has reflective strips
  • You could also improve visibility by wearing a rear light on your backpack or your helmet
  • Ensure the batteries in your lights are always in full working order and not running low. It may be worthwhile to have a backup set while riding
  • Consider your route before you head off, some parks may be closed and other areas will have reduced lighting.