Cyclist found riding along A11 at night in the snow was ‘barely visible’ without reflective clothing, police say

PUBLISHED: 22:18 17 March 2018 | UPDATED: 05:52 18 March 2018

Generic image of a cyclist in the dark. Picture: ISTOCKPHOTO

Generic image of a cyclist in the dark. Picture: ISTOCKPHOTO


A cyclist was found trying to ride along the A11 in the dark as snow fell, with no reflective clothing to make him visible to cars passing by at up to 70mph.

Police in Mildenhall said the rider was “hardly visible” when they came across him on the busy dual carriageway during the evening of Saturday, March 17.

Officers stressed that the man was not arrested as he was not doing anything illegal, adding: “We just popped him and his bike into the van and took him safely home. He was very appreciative.”

The officers took to Twitter to say: “Scooped up a man trying to cycle the #A11, no reflective clothing - hardly visible in the snow!!”

The Highway Code says that cyclists should wear “light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which helps other road users to see you in daylight and poor light”.

It also advises riders to wear “reflective clothing and/or accessories (belt, arm or ankle bands) in the dark”.

Mildenhall Police Tweeted additional advice after the incident. “Please take care of yourself in this weather,” officers said. If you’re driving, make sure lights are on. If you’re walking/cycling, light coloured/reflective clothing & a torch are essential!”

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