Why is it important?
Bicycle lamps are much weaker than those installed in cars – they are meant mostly to make the bicycle noticeable for other users, not to light the route.
- Lighting can help to navigate the route in the dark – recognise curves, crossings, obstacles, turning points. On a segregated cycle path, retroreflective signs, high-quality horizontal markings and/or surface colour contrasting with the adjacent ground can partially replace lighting.
- Lighting is particularly important on crossings and sections of the route in mixed traffic. If there are no street lights, strong headlamps of incoming cars can glare and temporarily blind the cyclist, which is both a safety hazard and a discomfort.
- On the other hand, pedestrians do not have lights at all. At locations where pedestrians can be expected to move along or across the cycle highway, lighting will give the cyclists a chance to notice them.
- Lighting can be also important on a sunny day, in tunnels and similar locations. Without it, cyclists will not see much coming from the bright outside.