A poster warning cyclists of the consequences of not having working lights on their bikes when using them after dark has been distributed around Haverhill by police.
The poster has been created by PCSO Steven Ridpath, a member of the Haverhill Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), after the problem of cyclists not having lights on their bikes after dark was made a priority by the SNT.
Carrying the headline ‘Let’s Look Out for Each Other’ it warns cyclists that ‘Highway Code: Rule 60 states that at night, a cyclist must have a white front and a red rear light fitted to their cycle.’
It goes on to say that if you ride at night without lights you will be issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice.
PCSO Ridpath came up with the poster’s design after consulting with his SNT colleagues, who agreed it was a good way of getting the message into the public consciousness.
He said: “If you stop one person (for not having lights) it’s just that person at the end of the day, so we thought if we got that out and got some stuff on Twitter that would get it out to more people.
“I am putting the posters put out at most of the big businesses in the town so the public can see it but also so that the members of staff going to and from, work can see it.”
The posters will be distributed to businesses in the town centre and on the industrial estates, added PCSO Ridpath, as they are the places in Haverhill where the majority of people work.
The issue of cyclists failing to use either lights or high visibility clothing when out after dark in Haverhill, particularly the town centre, was raised at the SNT priority setting public meeting on December 9.
Following a vote by those at the meeting and by others watching online it was adopted as one of the SNT’s three priorities for the next three months.