Brighten Up – be safe when cycling

October 17th, 2019

This October the University of Nottingham is running its annual ‘Brighten Up’ campaign, reminding staff and students to be safe and be seen when cycling in the autumn and winter months.

The clocks go back one hour on Sunday 27 October 2019, so evenings will start getting darker earlier. To help you in the lead up to this, the University of Nottingham Sustainability Team, along with the Cycling Club, are hosting a series of bike safety drop in sessions from 12-2pm each day.

These sessions will be held at:

  • Monday 21 October – Clinical Sciences building, City Hospital
  • Tuesday 22 October – The Exchange, Jubilee campus
  • Wednesday 23 October – The Barn, Sutton Bonington
  • Thursday 24 October – Royal Derby Hospital Centre
  • Friday 25 October – Engineering & Science Learning Centre, University Park

It is important to remember that bike lights must be used on campus, public roads and cycle paths between the hours of sunset and sunrise. If you are seen to be without bike lights, then you will risk a fine of up to £150. See what lights are required by law.

If you need lights for your bike, you can pick up a set of front and back lights from the SU shop for just £5.50 or take part in the Sustainability team’s Instagram competition to be in with the chance of winning some.

Not only this but Nottingham Bikeworks will be selling fully serviced, second-hand bikes at George Green quad from 10am-2pm on Friday 25 October. Through this, bikes will be available for purchase on the day from as little as £65, with a range of frames available – including road, hybrid and mountain bikes. Each bike comes with a minimum 30-day guarantee against any mechanical faults.

Take a look at the University’s Brighten Up page or watch this Cycling UK video on the legal requirements for bike lights for further advice on staying safe and visible.

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