Sunday, June 9, 2013

Cycling Bike Lights & Reflectives The Age

Hugh Weaver, East Malvern
Letters, The Age, May 14th 2013

Helen Garner, Flemington
Letters, The Age, May 16th 2013

John Harland, Brunswick
Letters, The Age, May 15th 2013

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,

(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

"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."

Bike lights recommended by CHOICE Magazine (rrp)

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

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

Getting around on a bike

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