The Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste has launched the Dublin Cycling Campaign’s ‘Light up your Bike’ initiative.
‘Light up your Bike’ is an annual awareness-raising initiative to remind cyclists of the importance of using lights on their bikes, especially throughout the winter months.
The launch of the initiative coincides with the clocks going back and the days getting shorter. The use of bike lights is a legal requirement during lighting up time, which is from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise. Failure to use bike lights during lighting up time can result in a fixed charge notice from An Garda Síochána.
As part of the initiative volunteers from the Dublin Cycling Campaign will hand out free sets of bike lights, donated by the National Transport Authority, to cyclists at designated points around the city in the coming weeks. Details of times and locations will be shared on their social media channels.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithí de Róiste said, “I am delighted to support this important initiative by the Dublin Cycling Campaign. As the clocks go back and the days get shorter, remembering to light up our bikes becomes increasingly important to ensure the visibility and safety of cyclists on our roads.”
Dublin Cycling Campaign member, Siobhán McNamara said, “cycling is a reliable and cheap way of getting from A to B, and also has the added bonuses of being quiet, emissions-free and a way of building gentle physical activity into your day. With the nights drawing in, Dublin Cycling Campaign wants to remind everyone who cycles that it is essential to light up their bike. Working lights are a legal requirement during lighting up hours and a key part of staying safe on the road.”
Dublin City Council is proud to support this campaign.
Ailish Lally, Walking & Cycling Officer with Dublin City Council said, “Dublin City Council is keen to promote cycling as a year-round option for people to travel to school, work and for leisure. We encourage everyone to light up their bikes to improve their visibility to other road users and increase their safety on the roads during the darker mornings and evenings.”
Source: Dublin City Council