5.3 Cycling and Public Lighting

Public lighting improves the safety, comfort and security of all road users, including cyclists. It is an essential requirement for urban commuting during winter months.

Unlike motorised vehicles, bicycle headlamps will not illuminate the route. Their design purpose is primarily to alert other road users to the presence of the cyclist. Cyclists are dependent on ambient or public lighting to see where they are going.

Under the 1993 Roads Act (Section 13, Part 2), local authorities are statutorily required to maintain public roads, including cycle ways and cycle tracks. The provision and maintenance of public lighting facilities form part of this requirement.

Public lighting should always be considered as part of the Road Design and Road Safety Audit processes.