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Shining Light on Bike Laws

April 22, 2015

Sergeant Arty from Victoria Police averages anywhere from 150 - 200 miles of riding a week in his job as State Bicycle Operations Coordinator.

He not only commutes to and from work, but he's in the saddle for most of his 'operational' days. The bulk of his work is policing anything from road rule compliance for bike riders to the ever-present motorists who persist in using their mobiles whilst driving...

Sergeant Arty steps us through the current road rules for his state when it comes to bike lights.

Between dawn and dusk and in hazardous weather (the moment it's overcast or raining) you should technically have both bike lights on. This means you need:

  • A steady or flashing white light attached to the front of your bike
  • A steady or flashing red light attached to the back of your bike
  • A red reflector attached to the back of your bike

Lights must be visible from 200 yards.

Sergeant Arty confirms that the best place for lights is on the bike, versus on your person/helmet etc.

Here he steps us through the details.