Be seen and safe on roads at night

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YOUNG cyclists in Hindley Green don’t have to worry about being visible to other road users as the nights draw in this autumn.

Because when it comes to safer cycling in the dark, they’ve been given the green light. And the pink one, and the orange one, and even the purple one. In fact, every colour in the Knogs range of funky flashing bike lights.

It’s all part of a seasonal campaign by Wigan Council and other local agencies across Hindley Green who are so committed to making young cyclists safer on the road this autumn that they’ve agreed to fund the purchase of 100 Knogs.

Funding to buy the lights has been secured from local ward members, Hindley Green Residents Association and PACT - Partners And Communities Together. And over the next few weeks, PCSOs on patrol who see children riding without lights will offer to fit a set of Knogs to their bikes on the spot, free of charge.

Insp Anne Scott of Hindley Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “Many young cyclists who ride without lights simply don’t realise just how vulnerable they are, especially at this time of year when it goes dark so early. This funding has enabled us to buy lights which will literally save lives this winter.”

PCSO John Barker said: “Knogs are easy to fasten on to handlebars and seatposts, and are neat and very compact. There are no fussy brackets to bother with, they just slip on and off in seconds, and because they’re made of a soft material, they won’t scratch your bars.

“We hope this campaign sends a powerful message to parents that they need to play their part to ensure their children are safe and that their bikes are maintained to a roadworthy standard.”

Local ward member, Coun Bob Brierley contributed to the purchase of the Knogs from his Brighter Borough fund.

He said: “The Brighter Borough budget enables ward members to fund grass roots initiatives which directly benefit local residents - and how better to invest it than in the safety of our young people.

“Young cyclists on their way home from after-school activities are particularly vulnerable as the nights draw in, even more so if they are riding without lights. Those who fail to follow basic safety guidelines are putting their lives at risk. The message behind this campaign is simple. Be seen. And be safe.”

Ivy Dickens, acting secretary of Hindley Green Residents’ Association, added: “This very worthwhile safety scheme has been a team effort.

“Hindley Green Residents’ Association was pleased to make a contribution as well and we hope the Knogs ‘twinkle’ brightly and help prevent accidents.”