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Flashing legalised!

September 16, 2005

Some excellent news from the CTC. Use of flashing front and rear lights on bikes should become legal in October. This will end the madness where I can have a flashing light attached to me but not one attached to my bike.

Better still, although I won’t be taking advantage of this, a flashing light is all you will need.

To quote from the CTC press release:

In brief, to be legally approved a light may flash at least once and not more than four times per second with a brilliance of at least four candle-power. Most of the better quality flashing lights on sale today, meet that simple requirement.

Full detals are here

Tags: topic:[cycling] topic:[commuting] topic:[lights]

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5 Comments
  1. William R. Walling permalink

    Chris,
    Interesting news, ‘clear’ flashing lights have been tested at busy intersections.
    My rear light flashes (multiple pulse selectable) ‘red’ to give M-B drivers something to target in the night! 🙂
    What are your thoughts about front mounted, constant state, LED primary illumination surrounded by pulsing ‘satellite’ lamps?

  2. Some wiseacre or other permalink

    Surely this was the ideal use for the <BLINK><blink></BLINK> tag?

  3. Some wiseacre or other permalink

    D’oh, stupid preview messed up my joke by converting the
    &<

  4. Very good Terry, I’m actually quite miffed I did not think of this <BLINK>myself</BLINK>.

    William,
    As with all things it is horses for courses. Bike lights serve 3 purposes, 1) to make you seen, 2 to see by and 3 to make you legal. Where there is street lighting 2 is irrelevent and it is then that I can see the benefit of a flashing light. However on unlit roads, especially busy ones like I ride it is not being seen that is the issue, most vehicles are approaching either on the other side of the road or are approaching from the rear but it is being able to see. For this I’ve not yet come across a LED light that is really upto the job. I’m sure they will come but I’ve not seen one.
    The really good thing about this is it is going to make being legal in the UK much simpler.

  5. Very good Terry, I’m actually quite miffed I did not think of this <BLINK>myself</BLINK>.

    William,
    As with all things it is horses for courses. Bike lights serve 3 purposes, 1) to make you seen, 2 to see by and 3 to make you legal. Where there is street lighting 2 is irrelevent and it is then that I can see the benefit of a flashing light. However on unlit roads, especially busy ones like I ride it is not being seen that is the issue, most vehicles are approaching either on the other side of the road or are approaching from the rear but it is being able to see. For this I’ve not yet come across a LED light that is really upto the job. I’m sure they will come but I’ve not seen one.
    The really good thing about this is it is going to make being legal in the UK much simpler.

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