CHESHIRE police are advising cyclists to be seen and be safe as the dark nights draw in.
Statistics have shown that nearly one third of cyclist fatalities occur during the hours of darkness between 6pm and midnight.
Officers are therefore reminding cyclists about the importance of being visible while out on the roads.
PC Daniel Reynolds said: “There has been a huge increase in the popularity of cycling following on from the Olympics, and with this legacy in mind, we want to ensure that people are enjoying the sport safely.
“We are therefore looking to work with cyclists and educate them about the dangers of riding at night or in poor visibility without lights.”
Legally, cyclists must have white front and red rear lights lit when using their bike at night or in poor visibility, in addition to a red rear reflector and amber pedal reflectors.
It is also recommended that cyclists wear light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which helps other road users to see them.
For more information on bike safety, visit the Cheshire Police website www.cheshire.police.uk.