Bicycle riders urged to go bright and stay safe

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CYCLISTS are being urged to wear something bright so they can be more easily seen on the road.

Road safety officers from Portsmouth City Council have launched a safety campaign, giving advice on how cyclists can improve their visibility and handing out hi-vis bag covers and lights.

The council’s assistant director of transport Pam Turton, said: ‘This initiative is all about encouraging cyclists to think more about their visibility during the hours of darkness.

‘With fewer daylight hours it is even more important that cyclists use hi-vis and lights to make sure they can be seen by other road users.’

During a similar campaign last year council officers spoke to 485 cyclists and only nine didn’t have lights.

Sergeant Rob Sutton said: ‘Wearing bright clothing in the darker evenings is a common-sense safety routine for all cyclists.’