Cycling safely in the dark

The golden rule for cycling on the road is, “see, and be seen.”  This is particularly true when cycling at night.

Your position on the road is the most important thing that enables you to see, and be seen by other road users.  This means:

  • Make sure you are a car door’s width away when passing a parked car
  • Cycle in primary position when approaching a junction or passing a side road (i.e. in the centre of the lane).

photo: cycling a car door’s width away when passing a parked car

If visibility is poor, all movements should be made more cautiously.

It is important to make other road users understand your intentions when cycling on the road.  You can do this by looking around to observe the position of other vehicles, making eye contact with drivers if possible, changing road position ahead of a manoeuvre, and signalling.  When cycling at night, you should allow more time for other users to see you and understand your intentions.

photo: primary position, in the centre of the lane, when approaching junction

Lights and reflectors are compulsory when cycling in the dark.  Reflective clothing is recommended.

If you need help with cycling on the road, look out for our training courses.

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