2017年11月29日

Cycle with lights and reflective vest to avoid abuses

Agents of the Provincial Police, assigned to the Traffic Area, have been observing the presence of cyclists who circulate in conditions of low luminosity without basic elements of light that guarantee their visibility, such as reflective garments. It is safety material to be seen by the other users of the road, which reduces the risk of being run over.

According to regulations, vehicles are that circulate "between sunset and sunrise or at any time of day in the tunnels, underpasses and track sections affected by the 'tunnel' signal must have the corresponding lighting on.”
The General Circulation Regulation establishes that "bicycles, in addition, will be equipped with reflective elements" and that "when the use of lighting is mandatory, bicycle drivers will also carry some reflective vest that allows drivers and others users distinguish them at a distance of 150 meters, if they circulate by interurban route ", the Feral Police has recalled in a note.

The standard also details the devices that must incorporate bicycles to travel at night or in "meteorological or environmental conditions that significantly reduce visibility": front and rear position lights, rear and optionally on the spokes of the wheels and pedals. In Navarra, between 2010 and 2015, there were 171 accidents with cyclists, with the result of 12 deaths (three on urban roads and nine on interurban roads), 37 seriously injured, and 133 slightly injured. For this reason, the Provincial Police has recalled the need to use all these security measures, whose failure "poses a serious risk to the cyclist and other road users.”

Recently the Government of Navarra, through the Navarra Road Safety Strategy, has published a brochure entitled 'Live in a safe bike', which includes tips and guidelines to improve the safety of cyclists. 32000 copies will be distributed in schools, health centers, bicycle clubs, shops selling and repairing bicycles and groups related to this activity. The free distribution of a red rear light for the bicycle is also envisaged.
  


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