Young cyclists get free lights

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Young cyclists in Brechin benefited from a set of free front-and-back bike lights courtesy of Tayside Police.

Mike Sherrit from Tayside Cycles on Damacre Road took some time out of his day to fit the lights which had been sourced by Brechin Community Liaison Officer Billy Rattray.

PC Rattray said: “It is apparent that many young cyclists are using their bikes in the town without the necessary lights in place.

“There is a legal requirement for bike users to have a white light to the front and a red light or reflector to the rear.

“This lighting is crucial to the safety of cyclists as it makes them more visible to other road users, reducing the risk of being involved in a collision.”

Funding to purchase the lights was obtained from Tayside Police’s Community Safety Department.

A number of complaints have been received by Tayside Police regarding a group of teenagers who have been cycling around Brechin in a group without using lights, creating a danger to themselves and other road users - a danger that could be avoided with the use of bike lights.

Bikes used without lights during the hours of darkness may be seized by Police and stored at the Police station until a parent can collect it.

Those found in such circumstance are committing an offence and may be charged.

Bikes ridden at night need front and rear lights, flashing or steady reflectors fitted, clean and working properly. At night a bicycle must also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85).

Having lights fitted on their bike is the responsibility of the cycle user with parents urged to ensure that their child’s bike is fully equipped with the correct lighting.