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Be Bright…use lights at night!

In autumn and winter it's often dark and wet, so make sure you're highly visible when out and about. Don't forget to take your lights out with you when cycling.

The Highway Code states that, at night, cyclists must have white front and red rear lights. Bikes must also be fitted with a red rear reflector and amber pedal reflectors. Having white front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted, but we recommended you use a constantly-illuminated front light, particularly if you are riding in areas without street lighting.

If you’re cycling in dark or dim conditions, you should:

  • Ensure that you have front and rear bike lights with you (and take back up lights or spare batteries if possible);
  • Check that all your lights and reflectors are clean and working before every trip;
  • Wear light coloured clothing;
  • Invest in some high-visibility clothing or reflective ‘slap-wraps’ to maximise visibility.

Hovering your mouse cursor over the symbols on the weather panel on this page will display daily sunrise and sunset times, so that you know in advance when you're going to need lights.

Contact your local cycle shop for advice on buying the right lights for your bike.

You may also find our new Winter Cycling Tips page useful for top tips on riding safely throughout autumn, winter and early spring.