'Dark nights – free lights' is designed to encourage riders who live, work or travel through the City to carry lights and ensure they are visible to road users.

Cyclists in the Square Mile are being offered free lights as part of a new road safety campaign being launched next week.

‘Dark nights – free lights’ is designed to encourage riders who live, work or travel through the City to carry lights and ensure they are visible to other road users.

The campaign is being delivered through the City of London Corporation’s Active City Network, and the City of London Police, Thames Tideway and the Metropolitan Police.

Alison Gowman, the City Corporation’s representative on the London Road Safety Council and chair of the Active City Network, said ensuring the safety of the 500,000 workers who commute into the Square Mile every day while they use local roads is “a top priority”.

“As a growing number of City workers choose to cycle, it is important that they take steps to ensure they can be seen by other road users in the dark.

“This campaign will help cyclists stand out in the dark, wintry nights over the coming months. Our ultimate aim is to prevent accidents and ensure the City’s streets are safe for all.”

Events will be held on Blackfriars Bridge in the morning and evening of 29 October – the first working day after the clocks go back a day earlier.

The first 250 cyclists to attend the morning event (7am-9.30am) will be offered free lights, free brake check and fresh fruit.

Those attending the evening session (5pm-7pm) will also be offered free lights, reflective vests and backpack covers. The City of London Police will be offering bike marking to prevent theft, while the Metropolitan Police will display an innovative virtual reality kit to allow cyclists to see what a driver sees and the blind spots to avoid.

Inspector Paul Doyle, from the City of London Police’s transport and highways operations group, said it is easy for cyclists to get caught out by sudden weather changes at this time of year, particularly with the clocks going back.

“It’s really important that all road users remember how to stay safe but also legal when travelling through the City.

“Ensuring you can be seen is a crucial part of keeping yourself and other road users safe and preventing accidents from occurring.”

The City Corporation has committed to reducing road danger to create healthy streets where people want to walk, cycle and use public transport as part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero Strategy.

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