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See the light [Letter by Mr A.Moss sent to cycling weekly on the 5/11/09] I ihink you may have something here which will keep cyclists safe.

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I’VE just finished reading your article in the 22/10 issue about winter and commuting, and couldn’t help but notice how ineffectual the rear lights were on the picture featured and how they blended and disappeared in the town traffic.

I have managed to solve this problem, however, what I am about to say is probable quite illegal and is down to you and the readers decide if they want to go down this route.

     While browsing a very well known internet auction site, looking for the latest super rear cycle light, I happened to come across o blue flashing rear cycle light in the mould of a cat’s-eye red rear light. The problem with commuting in towns is bike lights get lost in the amount of red car lights that surround us. However on seeing a combined red/blue flashing brightly, what would your first reaction be as a driver of a vehicle?

     Mine and probably 99.9% of the population – would be to slow down and take appropriate action, because they think it’s the emergencies services and, in fact, in my experience this is definitely what happened: drivers do show much more courtesy. In fact when I am using this red/blue combo, vehicles actually overtake me and indicate too, letting the following cars know there’s an obstacle ahead, instead of leaving the statutory 12 to 18 in. When I go back to red its back to trying to kill me. I have received no abuse and no honking of horns; in fact, on several occasions drivers have pulled over and said what a good it is and some have even asked where I got them. I’m almost sure they are not legal, however the last 3 winters I have been overtaken by the police/ambulance/fire vehicles and no one has ever stopped or approached me in any way to say my lights are illegal. I presume the police are turning a blind eye, and would rather me use the lights and be very visible than sweeping me up from the side of the road.

 

ANDY MOSS, Hartlepool [in the letters section of cycling weekly 5/11/09]  

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A Cycling Weekly reader recomender a blue and red rear light, is it legal, that is the question, however it may keep you safe FRR thinks it worth the risk, are the fuzz going to ticket you for trying to keep safe.

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