With the Autumn Equinox around the corner, falling on the 23rd September this year, the cooler and darker nights are starting to set in which means waving goodbye to what has been one pretty outstanding Summer! However with the recent weather events and more expected its time to get visible for cylcists due to the shorter evenings and darker mornings.
Thankfully for those who wish to continue cycling in the dark, Blinkers offer a multi-functional Smart Bicycle Lighting System with front, rear and laser lighting available allowing users to indicate left or right using a wireless remote control on the handlebar and display a rear light when they are braking/slowing down to make those darker commutes, evening training sessions or just the freedom of early morning or late night cycling that bit safer and enjoyable.
Armed with a set of Blinkers and the below handy tips on cycling in the dark, the transition from summer to winter cycling will be smooth & seamless process.
Blinkers smart lighting system aims to make communication between cyclists and other road users as simple and effective as possible and therefore increase safety. With front, rear and laser lighting available it allows users to indicate left or right using a wireless remote control on the handlebar and the rear light shows when the cyclist is braking/slowing down.
With the laser set, a circle shows around the bike so that there is no question about where the cyclist space is and aims to reduce the numbers of accidents that occur when a driver drifts or turns into the cyclist’s lane. They are designed to be used for up to 20 hours so whether on a daily commute or a leisurely ride, Blinkers will keep going as long as you do.
Blinkers have also kindly put together seven top tips for cycling in the dark for new cyclists. Feel free to use any of the below.
TOP TIPS FOR CYCLING IN THE DARK
Having adequate lighting on your bicycle is a legal requirement when cycling in the dark. Not only are lights vital for being seen by other road users but they can also offer better understanding between cyclists and vehicle users due to the increased functionalities such as turning indicators, brake lights and laser projection.
2. CLOTHING CHOICE
Clothing choice should have the dual function of keeping you warm as well as making you visible to other road users. Pack layers in anticipation for a temperature drop, waterproofs for those damp days & don’t underestimate the value in having reflective panels, fabrics & designs on your clothing.
3. REFLECTIVE ACCESSORIES
Invest in some reflective accessories such as wrist bands, ankle bands, reflective strips, stickers or tape to enhance visibility & add to your safety.
A pair of clear glasses are a wise accessory to have to reduce the loss of visibility and protect your eyes from debris, mud & grit thrown up from the road, strong winds and spray on those wetter journeys.
If you have a choice, try and stick with routes you are familiar with to avoid any unknown obstacles, poorly surfaced roads or complicated junctions. Testing the route out in daytime & planning your journey is beneficial to make you more at ease with night cycling.
6. BUDDY UP
Night cycling can be daunting, especially in the beginning, so buddy up with a friend or join a local organised cycling group. You will be grateful for the company & help should you ever unfortunately develop a mechanical problem.
7. STAY VIGILENT AND NEVER ASSUME
Cycling can be risky at the best of times, never mind in the dark. Stay vigilant (as you would in daytime cycling) for any hazards and never make the mistake of assuming, even if lit up like a Christmas tree, that a driver has seen you when completing a manoeuvre.