Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cycling Safety Bike Lights Alert Start Daylight Saving October 5th 2014 Melbourne & Bike Lights Law Road Rule 259 Stonnington Leader Community Safety


Start Daylight Saving October 5th 2014 Melbourne






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


Pete Dowe


Cyclist Joe Astbury, who takes all the safety precautions, said it was usually hardest to see cyclists at dusk and dawn.
“That is the most dangerous time,” Mr Astbury said. “It is not light and it is not dark.”


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/2012/09/bike-lights-law-road-rule-259.html




Time shift alert on visibility

Cyclist Joe Astbury. Picture: N40MC301 newsphotos.com.au
Cyclist Joe Astbury. Picture: N40MC301 newsphotos.com.au
THE end of daylight saving on Sunday has prompted a warning for cyclists to ensure they are visible on our roads.
RoadSafe Inner South East chairman Sen-Sgt Hans Harms said cyclists could reduce the risk of accidents by buying good-quality lights, bells and high-visibility clothing.
“Drivers can assist cyclists by checking and checking again to ensure that there are no cyclists nearby, particularly on roads with bicycle lanes,” Sen-Sgt Harms said.
Cyclist Joe Astbury, who takes all the safety precautions, said it was usually hardest to see cyclists at dusk and dawn.
“That is the most dangerous time,” Mr Astbury said. “It is not light and it is not dark.”
Road safety advocate Pete Dowe said a cyclist without lights could easily go unnoticed by a motorist. “You’d be mad to not have a set of bike lights in Melbourne with its ‘four seasons in one day’ causing reduced visibility at any given time,” Mr Dowe said.

Unlit Cyclists Face Greater Injury The Age

http://www.timeanddate.com/time/change/australia/melbourne

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