Brighten Up Brighton & Hove - bike light campaign

Cllr Davey with road safety silhouettesThe next Brighten Up Brighton & Hove will take place the week before the clocks go back on 28 October 2017, with enlightened enforcement by the police the following week.

Whenever visibility is poor road users need to be aware of each other and clearly visible to minimse their risk.

Why?

To remind all road users to be visible for each other and look out for each other. Thus minimise road casualties in the city.

How?

We will be running joint awareness and enforcement operations at key areas of the city, as well as the railway stations later in the year.

The science

Even fairly colourful clothing will appear grey at dusk and in darkness.  This is because the colour light receptors in your eyes 'called cones' do not work in low light.  Instead, in low light the eye gets most information from black and white receptors 'called rods'. Everything is then a complex mix of grey shades and does not stand out in street clutter.

Compared to 2009 more cyclists used lights in 2011. However, this was still only 60% of those we encountered. In  the main phase of the 2013 campaign, 75% of cyclists had lights in the comparable period surveyed.

Cyclists - please avoid a £30 fixed penalty fine (or worse) and use appropriate lights when needed.  You remain one of the city's road casualty reduction priorities and we all have our part to play.  Drivers/pedestrians - look out for cyclists.

The nearside of vehicles, particularly HGVs and buses is a risky place for cyclists, when not in a cycle lane.  Drivers - check carefully when turning, and for cyclists, please do not undertake, especially near junctions,  Make sure you can be seen.  If you are an HGV/PCV driver or operator we are now running the Safer Urban Driving CPC module, under licence from TfL with a local driver training organisation called LDT.   Please contact transport.projects@brighton-hove.gov.uk for further information.

Make sure you're visible road safety poster