Safe cycling during the winter months

October 25th, 2021

The annual ‘Brighten Up’ campaign aims to promote safe cycling during the darker months.

The clocks go back on Sunday 31 October and the evenings will become darker an hour earlier. As we head into winter, with darker morning and evenings, we want to encourage you to continue cycling but to stay safe whilst doing so.

Be safe

It is important to be prepared and make sure that your bikes are kitted out with the right lights. Bike lights must be used on campus, public roads, cycle paths or public places between sunset and sunrise or when visibility is seriously reduced.

By law you must have front and rear lights, a rear reflector and pedal reflectors. Without this you risk a fine of up to £150 from either the police or the university. You can pick up a set of front and back lights from the SU shop for £5.50.

Be seen

The more visible you are, the safer you are. During the day wear bright or fluorescent clothing. At night you should wear reflective garments to reflect motorists’ headlights.

To really stand out, take part in UoN Sustainability’s Instagram competition to be in with the chance of winning a Provis reflective jacket and other Brighten Up goodies.

Bike maintenance

Keeping your bike in good working order will also help to avoid accidents. Book it in for a free service with Nottingham Bikeworks’ Dr Bike sessions, held on each campus every month.

Visit the quad outside George Green Library on Thursday 11 November between 10am-2pm where you will be able to find out more about safe cycling and get your bike serviced for free, no booking needed. This is a sustainable travel event that is being organised as part of the university’s activities for COP26.

For more advice on staying safe and visible on the roads during autumn and winter, visit the Brighten Up page.


October 27th, 2021 at 8:59 am

Elizabeth Rawding

Will there be a similar event at the Sutton Bonnington Campus?

October 27th, 2021 at 4:51 pm


Hi Elizabeth,
There will be an event at the next Dr Bike session at Sutton Bonington on Wednesday 24 November.
Hope this helps!

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