CYCLISTS in Thurrock are encouraged to make sure they are safe and seen when riding on the roads this winter.
With the evenings drawing in, now is the time for cyclists to ensure they have taken steps to make their journey a safe one.
Clothing should be light coloured or fluorescent, including accessories such as belts or arm/ankle bands. Clothing should also allow riders to move freely but not get caught up in the chain or wheels.
Helmets should meet the necessary standards and fit snugly square on the wearer’s head. Make sure the helmet is replaced with a new one every five years.
When riding at night, lights and reflectors are compulsory: a white light on the front, a red light and reflector on the back and yellow pedal reflectors.
It is also recommended that cyclists fit a bell to their bike, to signal to other road users, and not listen to music or use their phone while riding.
Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Sue MacPherson, said: “This time of year can be particularly dangerous for our cyclists – so we need to make sure they have all the available advice.
“The key message is BE SAFE, BE SEEN – if they can be seen by other road users, they will be that much safer.”
For more advice on keeping safe and other ways to be ready for winter, go to thurrock.gov.uk/winter