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Is cycling safe?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Bazarchie, Jul 13, 2020.

  1. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    Does it not state that lights must be on at all times ( while it's dark ) ?
    The flashing lights are off 50% if the time .
     
  2. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    The law means absolutely nothing unless it can be enforced, we don't have enough police officers to catch a cold let alone deal with cyclists riding without lights. Darwin will catch them in the end!
     
  3. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    Now, if only you knew a photographer...;)
     
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Nice one! An advantage of using flashing in the daytime is the extended battery life. I was quite surprised to find many lights on sale only had a battery life of a couple of hours on continuous.
     
  5. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    She wants a watercolour by an artist who likes to meet the dog and take her own pictures to work from. Initially I had suggested a studio photographer I enjoy the work of but she already knew exactly what she wanted.

    I prefer to concentrate on the kind of shots I get on walks rather than anything posed or with lights.
     
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  6. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member


    I much prefer the ones I take while walking the dogs myself than studio shots .
     
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  7. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Very rarely; there are a few places in Edinburgh where the cyclepath shares a pavement. As much as possible I cycle on designated cyclepaths and off-road. Since the c thing started there have been a lot more folk out on these paths. Some have a decent sense of those around, others don't.
     
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  8. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's easy. Most of the time I raise a hand if passing from behind, or smile and nod if in opposite direction. If I use the bell then always a thank you, and smile too if they turn as many do.
     
  9. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Curtesy seems be a thing of the past, unfortunately.

    Is it still the case that cyclists cannot use footpaths but can use bridleways?
     
  10. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    The law changed a few years back to allow flashing ones where previously steady was required.
     
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  11. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    I'm still using the lights I got for my bike in the 1980's .
    They use two "D" size batteries in each and last a while .
    I tend to use rechargeable ones in them , but there not holding a charge very well now , do currently got some alkaline ones in them .
    I'm trying to find a decent LED replacement for the bulbs at the moment .
    They all seem too directional to work properly .
     
  12. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Depends where you live. ;)

    Another good reason to live in Scotland!
     
  13. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    I think the law needs to be amended to require steady with flashing only acceptable in addition to steady.
     
  14. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    A steady red light in the middle of the bike and yellow pedal lights is the best setup I've seen on a bike while driving at night; instantly recognisable as a cyclist and easy to judge distance from.
     
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  15. Scphoto

    Scphoto Well-Known Member

    Flashing or Steady, doesn't make much difference if the driver is pissed/drugged or playing with their phone (or all three). Sorry if the flashing lights annoy, but for my safety I feel it's better to have them flashing - I do however position them are in a neutral position and not pointing up to blind drivers.
     
  16. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Or a playing card wedged in to the forks to create 'realistic engine sounds'.
     
  17. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    I have one of these on my bike: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Original-bike-balls-waterproof-taillight/dp/B01CKBD0NU in combination with a steady red. I'd tell you about the front light and reflectors but they are far less interesting (though the front light is good and bright - if I really, really need it it will shine like a car headlight, though the battery will only last about 30 mins if I do).
     
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  18. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    I only find them annoying away from traffic......there's no need for them in daylight on an abandoned railway line or in the woods. On the road I'd use them too.
     
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  19. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    You clearly didn't understand what I said, I suggested that both steady and flashing lights should be used at night, flashing only during the day. A small steady red light could be almost anything but accompanied by a flashing red light it would be obvious what one was seeing.
     
  20. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I'm not at all sure about that. On an unlit road a bicycle gives little context unless the rider is wearing some form of reflective clothing. Even a small motorcycle can be hard to pick up if the rider is wearing dark clothing. This page has some good sense on the subject: https://www.roadwise.co.uk/drivers/drivers-tips-advice/be-bright-be-seen/
     

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