Bicycle lights that are just TOO bright

The Lancaster Guardian contacted Dynamo for our view on cycle lights that are just too bright to use on well-lit shared-use paths like Lancaster-Caton – the kind of lights where you have to shield your eyes to stop yourself riding into the grass verge. Here is Dynamo’s view:

Dynamo Cycle Campaign commented that all users of bright lights should give consideration to the vision of other people. Just as drivers on country roads should dip their main beam lights to avoid blinding cyclists and pedestrians (and often don’t do so), the users of bright bike lights should make sure that they are pointing down at the path and are not into the eyes of others. Their spokesperson added, “Some people may not appreciate the harm that they can do with these lights, as they are not themselves looking at them directly. The sudden increase in light can blind other people, which can take a long time to recover. It could even cause an accident. As the Caton path is mostly lit, there should be little need for lights to be set on the maximum settings provided by these lights, as these are intended for use on unlit roads and for off road use. Fortunately, most users of the shared path are very considerate to others,” he added.


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Dynamo is a cycling group, established in 1994, to work with official bodies, other cycling organisations and interested individuals to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and healthy means of transport.
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2 Responses to Bicycle lights that are just TOO bright

  1. ride3ree says:

    I would have added a comment e.g. “We do recommend cyclists using the transport network use non-blinding lights that meet the German STvO standard. Unfortunately, there are currently very few available, and those that are tend to be at the high end if the market.”

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