Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bike Lights What to buy and Why? CHOICE magazine


"Bike riders are almost impossible to see at night unless they are fitted out with appropriate lights."

Officer in charge of the Melbourne West Bike Patrol, Leading Senior Constable Roy Brandi.
Sen Const Brandi warned people who have only recently taken up cycling

"to work to ensure their bikes are fit with regulation front and rear lights."



                    Nb "Vicroads describes the law as the minimum safety standard."

                             Pete Dowe



http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=14919

Bike lights recommended by CHOICE Magazine (rrp) 2009

Front Lights
Basta Polaris 5 (BA3C), $40
Sigma Kalmit, $99
Topeak Whitelight DX, $80


Rear lights

Cateye TL-LD610-R, $60
Cateye TL-LD150-R, $25
S-Sun SS-L-121R, $5


Combination sets

Cateye (EL135 / LD130R), $75
Basta (Polaris 0.5W / Superflash 0.5W), $80
Planetbike (Blaze 0.5W / Superflash Blaze 0.5W), $90
http://www.choice.com.au/viewArticle.aspx?id=106310&catId=100281&tid=100008
CHOICE 2009



Please note that the Bike Lights Law Road Rule 259 
applies to reduced visibility
not just dark



Bike Lights Law

Road Rule 259

The rider of a bicycle must not ride at night, or in hazardous weather conditions 

causing reduced visibility, 

unless the bicycle, or the rider,
displays—

(a) a flashing or steady white light 

that is clearly visible for at least
200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and

(b) a flashing or steady red light 

that is clearly visible for at least
200 metres from the rear of the bicycle; and

(c) a red reflector 

that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres
from the rear of the bicycle

when light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low-beam



http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/cycling-bike-lights-law-road-rule-259.html

Submission to Victorian Parliament Road Safety Committee Australian Design Rules Inquiry by Pete Dowe

http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/8A00D79B-03C5-4084-B5C2-7BE6A60406D3/0/part_15.pdf

http://www.choice.com.au/viewArticle.aspx?id=106310&catId=100281&tid=100008
CHOICE 2009

http://www.choice.com.au/printFriendly.aspx?ID=106310

CHOICE 2013
http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/bikes/bikes-and-cycling/bike-lights-review.aspx

CHOICE 2010
http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/bikes/bikes-and-cycling/bike-accessories-review/page/bike-lights.aspx

Getting around on a bike

http://www.choice.com.au/viewArticle.aspx?id=106215&catId=100281&tid=100008&p=3&title=Getting+around+on+a+bike


http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/88D0CF95-19BF-426F-A5DC-DE7255BFFF56/0/CycVisibility.pdf

http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/BicyclesPedestrians/CyclingSafety/CyclistVisibility.htm

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