One in three bike riders don’t have adequate lights on their bikes for riding in the dark.
Light Up! is our annual campaign that aims to get a light on every bike that’s out and about after dark.
According to the law, bike riders are required to have a flashing or steady front, white light and red rear light at night or in low light so that they can be seen by drivers, other riders or pedestrians.
Lights must be visible for at least 200m from the bicycle.
With as many as 25% of bicycle trips occuring after 6pm, lights can also help reduce your risk of a crash.
However, many bike riders often forget their lights, get caught out by the dark and ultimately put themselves and others at risk.
Light up and be seen every time you ride in low light or after dark.
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Each year, Bicycle Network works with local authorities and decision makers to help educate and remind riders to light up and be seen.
Research indicates that simply having lights that meet the 200 metre standard is just about all you need to be visible at night. You get a small additional advantage with reflective material on the shoes, legs, pedals, wheels—anything that is moving.
Penalties for riding a bicycle a night without lights can be as high as $369 (Victoria). It costs $70 or less to buy the recommended lights so the risk of a fine is not worth it, not to mention the risk of injury to you or other road users that you blindly encounter.