CYCLISTS using top accident spots in Portsmouth have been targeted in a night-time ‘be safe, be seen’ campaign.
Police and council officers spoke to more than 400 riders at five places where accidents involving bikes are higher than elsewhere.
They handed out free hi-vis jackets and rucksack covers to cyclists who needed them, and reminded any riders without lights that they must use them.
They also gave out leaflets giving safety tips and reminding cyclists of the risk of being prosecuted for riding on the pavement, or for not having lights or brakes.
Police, road safety officers and community wardens took their campaign to Western Road, Cosham, near the Porsche centre; Fratton Road, Fratton; London Road, North End; Albert Road/Elm Grove junction, Southsea; and Havant Road/London Road, Cosham.
Officers spoke to 422 cyclists, around 85 per cent of whom were commuters. Aaround 73 per cent of them were men.
City traffic and transport leader Cllr Jason Fazackarley, said: ‘Our officers and police did a great job, getting out there as the evenings get darker.
‘They asked cyclists to stop and chat about lights, hi-vis clothing and riding in the correct position on the road, to make sure they could be seen by other road users. Most cyclists had lights already, which is excellent. The events were very well received by cyclists and passers-by.’
Cyclists can get good quality lights and other cycle gear from the council, at almost cost price, by asking at reception in the Civic Offices, Guildhall Square.
They can also get discount vouchers by going to the council’s website, www.portsmouth.gov.uk, and searching for “cycle safety gear”.