Appeal to parents to ensure bikes are fitted with lights

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Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly has urged parents to ensure that before they let their children out on their new bikes after Christmas that they purchase a safety helmet and have a light fitted.

His comments follow several reports of children riding bikes with no lights along busy roads in the city.

Colr. Kelly said: “I was contacted by a constituent who was quite shocked to come across a number of young people this week travelling across Craigavon Bridge late at night with no working lights on their bikes and none of them were wearing safety helmets.

“ It was dark and raining at the time and had the traffic been busier he feared there could have been a serious accident due the high volume of traffic that would normally be on the bridge.

“I would make an urgent appeal before anyone lets a child out on a bicycle that they get them a helmet and get a working light on the bike. And if possible wear light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark.

“If this appeal stops one child from being hurt or seriously injured then it is worth it.”