Case Study – Bike Lights
This winter, SSRP have been focusing on rider conspicuity in a bid to bring down the number of collisions occurring in the area involving pedal cycles. The “killed or seriously injured” group has gone from 89 to 186 from 2010 to 2014, and many reasons involved in this are due to visibility.
Analysing the collision data, the partnership identified the key areas where crashes where happening, and surveyed the areas to see how many cyclists complied with the law in regards to using bike lights during hours of darkness and poor visibility. The week after, bike lights were given out, along with other high-visibility items, and the cyclists were engaged with to get some feedback on how they felt being a cyclist in Sussex. For every set of lights given out, a pledge was signed to say they would purchase another, more robust set. Surveys will be carried out again six weeks and three months after the giveaway to measure compliance again.
The results of the surveys will be published on here once data has been collated and all studies carried out.
ACC Steve Barry Talks about the initiative to make cyclists in Sussex more visible.