Campaign helps cyclists gear up for winter

City of London bike lights

Cyclists in the Square Mile have been provided with free lights as part of a new road safety initiative in the City of London.

‘Dark nights – free lights’ is designed to encourage cyclists who live, work or travel through the Square Mile to carry lights and ensure they are visible to other road users.

The campaign is being delivered through the City of London Corporation’s Active City Network, working in partnership with the City of London Police, Thames Tideway and the Metropolitan Police.

Two events were held on Blackfriars Bridge yesterday (29 October) – the first working day after the clocks went back.

The first 250 cyclists to attend the morning event were given free lights, while those attending the evening session were offered free lights, reflective vests and backpack covers.

The City of London Police offered bike marking to prevent theft, while the Metropolitan Police displayed an innovative virtual reality kit to allow cyclists to see what a driver sees and the blind spots to avoid.

Alison Gowman, City of London Corporation representative on the London Road Safety Council and chair of the Active City Network, said:

“More than 500,000 workers commute into the Square Mile every day so ensuring road safety is a top priority.

“As a growing number of City workers choose to cycle, it is important that they take steps to ensure they can be seen by other road users in the dark.

“This campaign will help cyclists stand out in the dark, wintry nights over the coming months. Our ultimate aim is to prevent accidents and ensure the City’s streets are safe for all.”

Inspector Paul Doyle, from the City of London Police’s Transport & Highways Operations Group, said:

“It’s easy to get caught out when the weather changes or the clocks go back and be left without the right equipment.

“It’s really important that all road users remember how to stay safe but also legal when travelling through the city.

“Ensuring you can be seen is a crucial part of keeping yourself and other road users safe and preventing accidents from occurring.”

30 October 2018