Light up your Bike!
With the nights drawing in earlier, it is essential to light up your bike. Dublin Cycling Campaign is once again promoting an awareness campaign to share some advice and helpful lighting-up tips.
We’ve been joined this year by all four Dublin local authorities, along with the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána, to promote the campaign and ensure that everyone understands the need to have working lights on their bikes at night.
As part of this campaign our volunteers will be handing out free spare lights at various locations around Dublin over the coming days. These free lights are always extremely popular and we tend run out very quickly so remember it’s a first come, first served basis!
- Saturday 27th November 11.30-2.00pm (Fingal - Baldoyle end of Portmarnock Greenway)
- Monday 29th November (South Dublin Grand - Canal/9th Lock Road/Waterside pub)
- Tuesday 30th November 5-7pm (Dublin City - Rathmines Bridge)
- Wednesday 1st December 5-7pm (Dublin City - 5 Lamps)
- Wednesday 1st December from 16:30 (DLR - CMR beside Monkstown DART Station)
- Thursday 2nd December from16:30 (DLR - Dundrum Village LUAS station)
- Friday 3rd December 5.15-6.30pm (South Dublin - Templeogue Bridge)
We’d love you to help out. It’s a great opportunity to meet other volunteers and talk to the public about what we do. Please volunteer using this form:
Remember - Bike lights aren’t just a nice accessory, they are a legal requirement during lighting-up hours (30 minutes after sunset, until 30 minutes before sunrise). After dark you must have lights on your bike. If you are stopped by a Garda and have no lights you are liable to receive an on-the-spot fine of €40. Cyclists are permitted to use lights in either continuous or flashing modes (Flashing lights didn’t always have legal status - [Cyclist.ie] campaigned to have them legalised). It is also worth noting that you should have reflectors on your bike.
It’s also important to note that ‘hi-vis’ clothing is not a valid substitute for lights on your bike, nor is there any legal requirement to wear hi-vis. If you think you can get away without lights by wearing hi-vis clothing, you are mistaken.
Here are a few further tips to help ensure your bike will be lit up when you need it to be:
BATTERIES - Always make sure your batteries are charged so your lights don’t fail halfway through your journey. Get into the habit of charging them regularly. Many modern lights come with built-in batteries that you can recharge via a USB cable (to a laptop or a plug for example). You can also conserve your battery by putting your light on the flashing mode, rather than continuous.
SPARES - Keep some spare lights and/or batteries in a few different places so you don’t get caught out. Invest in a few sets of cheap lights for emergency use if your main lights fail, or you can request spare bike lights from your local Council, and/or from some Garda stations. Perhaps keep a set of spares at work, and another set in a bag or jacket you use regularly when you cycle. These are your “get me home” lights.
BEWARE THIEVES - If your lights are detachable then never, ever leave them attached to your bike while it’s unattended. Most thieves are opportunists so don’t give them the opportunity.
DYNAMOS - If you are buying a new bike, you may consider getting a dynamo fitted. Modern hub dynamos give you good light with minimal effort, and no need to worry about theft or the batteries running out.
If you’re looking for an idea of what bike lights are on the market, check out BikeRadar’s comparison of some of the best lights on the market - https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-bike-lights-for-road-cycling/ .
And finally, if you’re buying new lights, don’t forget that Dublin Cycling Campaign members get discounts in a number of Dublin bike shops. Find out more about membership benefits via our website. http://www.dublincycling.com/join/benefits
Help us do more for cycling in Dublin by becoming a member!