The end of daylight saving means it is time for cyclists to dust off their lights and add a bit of fluorescence to their riding wardrobe.
Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) spokesman Patrick Morgan said as the days get shorter, cyclists need to get brighter.
"Bike lights and high-visibility riding gear make you easier to see," said Mr Morgan.
Cycling fatalities have declined over recent years despite increasing bike sales. Mr Morgan said it could have something to do with cyclists embracing the culture of being seen.
"I have seen drivers sitting at an intersection do a double take when they see me riding with a powerful headlight, said Mr Morgan.
"The other great thing about being well-lit is that drivers have plenty of time to give cyclists room when passing. A clearance of a metre and a half is recommended by the Road Code," he said.
He advised people to check their batteries as they may need charging or replacing.
"Be bright, be safe, be seen," is our message, said Mr Morgan.
The NZ Road Code says that bikes and cyclists out at night must have:
* a steady or flashing rear-facing red light
* a steady or flashing forward-facing white or orange light
* a rear reflector
* reflectors on pedals, or reflective clothing.
Daylight saving ends on Sunday 3 April, when clocks go back one hour.
For a review of bike lights see http://www.gw.govt.nz/be-safe-be-seen/
For further information contact:
Cycling Advocates' Network
Mob: 027 563 4733
Photos: Contact local cycling groups to arrange a photo of well-lit local cyclists: http://can.org.nz/local-groups
Facts about cycling
* Cycling is among the ten top leisure activities in New Zealand, and it's increasing in popularity every year.
* More than a million bikes have been imported to New Zealand since 2001, about one bike for every four people.
* The Road Code rules for cyclists is at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/cyclist-code/about-equipment/...