More than 160 cyclists were educated on the importance of being seen as Portsmouth City Council took to the streets to promote its 'Be Bright' campaign.

The campaign aims to encourage good visibility amongst cyclist in the hours of darkness, and was timed to coincide with the clocks going back. Working in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary, officers from the council's road safety team positioned themselves on Fratton Bridge at Goldsmith Avenue last week to hand out free rucksack covers, neck tubes and temporary lights to those who weren't properly and safely equipped for cycling at night time.

Of the 160 cyclists spoken to, 15 were fined for cycling without lights after dark - which is illegal and subject to a fixed penalty notice. If the cyclist purchases lights and presents the receipt to Hampshire Constabulary within 28 days, the £50 fine is dropped. 

Councillor Simon Bosher, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, comments:

"Between the months of November to January, we see an increase in cycle collisions with 55 per cent occurring in the hours of darkness. We are working closely with Hampshire Constabulary during this time to promote safe travel by all road users, as part of our overall aim to improve the safety of Portsmouth's roads." 

Earlier in October the council organised its second Glow Ride event. Starting from the Canoe Lake on Eastney Esplanade, just over 1100 participants cycled the 3km traffic-free route wearing hi-vis, glow-in-the-dark accessories and lights - anything to make sure they were seen by other road users.

It is illegal to cycle on a public road after dark without lights. Anyone cycling without lights could be issued with a £50 fine. You can get good-quality lights and other cycling products from the council at almost cost price. Just ask at reception at the Civic Offices, Guildhall Square.