Shortest day of the year prompts cycle safe reminder

A group of keen cyclist councillors joined forces to highlight the need for those on two wheels to make themselves as visible as possible during the darker months.

More than 50% of Edinburgh's cycle casualties in November, December and January are injured when it is dark.

This points to a need for cyclists to take extra care to be seen by wearing high visibility clothing and ensuring their bikes are fitted with lights and reflectors.

In addition, 28% of Edinburgh’s 169 serious cyclist injuries between 2009 and 2013 were linked to other vehicles carrying out turning manoeuvres. 

So while cyclists take extra care to be seen, it is equally important that motorists take extra care to look out for cyclists as they turn at junctions.

Councillor Adam McVey, Vice Convener of Transport, said: "As we get close to the shortest day of the year, it's a good opportunity to emphasise how important it is that cyclists ensure they're visible to other road users during the hours of darkness. Wear bright, high visibility or reflective clothing and make sure your lights are working properly."

Councillor Adam McVey cycling

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