Sent to Secretary of State for Transport
As an Association we are putting this forward as some of our members have been having issues in their local area with teenagers riding bikes in the dark, irresponsibly without lights. This can be both intimidating and dangerous.
According to our research regarding pedal bicycle law, at present we have found that it is law to have lights on at night, however it is not currently law for pedal cycles to be sold with them.
We believe that if bikes were to be sold with lights, then there is a higher probability that the lights will be used, making the user more visible to cars who otherwise may not see them, and the potential for accidents reduced. With all bicycles being fitted and sold with lights on, it is a step towards making roads and all their users safer.
We realise of course that we cannot stop certain individuals behaving in a certain way on their pedal bikes, but by them being more visible with enforced lights on at night, it will help those driving to be able to see them and perhaps thereby feel less intimidated, and as already mentioned it would no doubt help reduce the risk of accidents.