What Lights Should I Take for Bicycling?

Each evening we see dozens of people happily circulating out there without lights on their bicycles. And at night, be visible, that is what are the lights, is an essential security measure.

There is to make it visible. But it is not necessary to look like a Christmas tree. We told you how is the legislation in Spain on use of lights, clothing and reflective vests bike.

It’s that you see!

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Cities tend to have street lights, so lights are not to see: they are so that you can see drivers and other users. At night, you have to see from a distance of 150 metres, at a minimum.

You see even people that with hull but without lights, is on the city that continues to be so absurd: If you do not see, you can suffer an outrage, and the helmet can it relieve part of the wounds but not going to avoid.

For your safety, get lights. The town, in over 15 years, is optional in city, but the lights can avoid an accident. Use them.

The lights are mandatory: you can fine

In addition, in Spain the use of lights and reflective it is obligatory for bicycles, when visibility is poor, at night and when entering tunnels. But the legislation, and the exact conditions, once again, they are confusing, and the DGT has not too helped to clear up the mess.

In general, penalties for not using lighting are €80, and for not wearing reflective clothing when needed, €200.

In the city, reflecting back and position lights

In town, unless the rules of the city is more demanding, and according to the General regulations of vehicles, bicycles should be:

  • Reflective (retro-reflector) rear of color red, that not be of form triangular
  • White light (front)
  • Light of position red (rear)

When you buy a bike for city, ensure you of that carry at least these three elements, because before or after you van to make missing. If not them brings, are cheap of purchase. Buy them and use them.

These visibility elements have used “to move from night, by sections of roads marked with «tunnel» signal or when there are weather or environmental conditions that significantly decrease the visibility”, says the regulation.

Optionally, and recommended form, you can take orange or reflective white pedals and spokes.

Out of town: the above, and reflective clothing

If going to exit of the city and circular by road, in addition to the helmet, the law of traffic and security road forces to use any garment reflective when is should use lighting, besides it already demanded in city. This reflective garment must be homologated.

And the reflective vest?

Maybe not: the use of reflective vest is not required. Even in city or highway. Or of day, or of night. What says the standard is that on road, and when you need lighting, you must also use reflective clothing, that must be approved and be visible at 150 meters. But you don’t have to be, necessarily, a vest.

And what clothes are approved? In cycling to fund is make the same question and have examples of them elements that are, and not, approved: there are also jerseys and backpacks, in addition to vests, that also can use although not is the option more comfortable.

Is it good idea to also use vest of day, or city? If you want, use it, but if you city in a predictable fashion and through the center of the lane, or cyclists – of having them – via should not be necessary. And not you can fine by not using it in town.

And what lights should I buy?

Type-approval requirements, how, also are not in the Official Gazette: there is a Royal Decree on the conditions for the approval of bikes and cycles. And in general, there is a standard UNE to homologate bicycles.

The front light must have an intensity of between 4 and 60 candles and back between 4 and 12, in the direction of the axis. Not be indicates to what distance. This indication is so vague that it is not likely that you have problems by the type-approval. To take a fine, almost any light serves.

But what matters is not remove fines, they see you with other users. Is recommended that choose lights visible to some 300 meters if are going to use the bike of form usual by the afternoon / night.

That not you deter the darkness: let you see and enjoy of the bike with security

 

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