Cyclists are urged to take extra care and make sure they are seen by other road users as the nights draw in this autumn.
The Safer New Forest Partnership reminds cyclists to switch on their bike lights, even in late afternoon twilight.
“With the evenings drawing in, travelling home from school or work will soon involve journeys in the dark,” said New Forest District Council Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, Cllr Jill Cleary.
“If you’re cycling and haven’t already got lights fitted to your bike, please invest in a set and remember, they could save your life.”
Recently, a cyclist in Hythe had a near-miss with a car which only stopped when the driver spotted him in his headlamps. The cyclist was wearing dark clothes, riding a black bike and travelling without lights on a dark evening in a street with poor lighting. He agreed that he could have been killed or, at least, have suffered life-changing injuries.
Cllr Cleary added: “How much does a set of cycle lights cost and how much trouble is it to switch them on? Please wear reflective clothing too and think ‘Can I be seen?’ before you start cycling on dark evenings.”
Think about keeping safe on the road with this handy checklist from the Safer New Forest Partnership:
Two bike security products are now available at New Forest District Council information offices at Appletree Court, Lyndhurst; Lymington Town Hall; Hythe; Gateway, Ringwood; Fordingbridge and Totton.
In addition, the Safer New Forest Partnership supports the Immobilise website www.immobilise.com where you can register your bikes and other property for free. The police then use this information to reunite stolen or lost property with its rightful owner.
Don’t forget to security mark your bike with your postcode. Crimestoppers sells a property protector kit to mark your valuables with a unique code. Find out more at www.crimestoppers-uk.org