Many complaints about electric bicycle lights: minister takes action (although there is also a trick to adjust them properly)

Many complaints about electric bicycle lights: minister takes action (although there is also a trick to adjust them properly)
Many complaints about electric bicycle lights: minister takes action (although there is also a trick to adjust them properly)
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The Cyclists’ Union, among others, receives a lot of complaints about it: “The front light of many electric bicycles and also speed pedelecs is much more powerful compared to a normal bicycle,” says spokesperson Wies Callens. “And perhaps even more importantly: the light is often not properly adjusted.”

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Pedestrians can also be blinded. — © ANP / ANP

Result: when a cyclist crosses an electric bicycle or speed pedelec with such a powerful front lamp, he or she risks being blinded. With all the associated risks. “But we also receive reports from pedestrians who find it very unpleasant to be blinded by an approaching cyclist.”

Yves De Bruyckere of the Cyclists’ Union in Ghent can speak about this: “It is not only difficult in the evening on unlit cycle paths, where the risk of dazzling is of course the greatest. Even when I cycle around the illuminated center of Ghent, I often have to look away because I am blinded by the light of another cyclist.”

More and more dangerous

Flemish Member of Parliament and mobility expert Annick Lambrecht (Vooruit) is also regularly asked about this by cyclists: “There are more and more speed pedelecs driving around, which means that such dangerous situations – especially when both cyclists cross each other on a narrow cycle path – occur more often than before. There are still too many bicycle accidents today. That is why action should be taken quickly.”

If the beam shines too high, you will blind others, but too low is not good either.

If the beam shines too high, you will blind others, but too low is not good either.

She has therefore asked Flemish Minister of Mobility Lydia Peeters (Open VLD) to take action. And that will happen. The minister will ask the interfederal Highway Code working group to consider clearer standards for the strength and adjustment of bicycle lights: “Incorrectly adjusted bicycle lights can indeed dazzle oncoming traffic and thus create dangerous conditions. We must therefore sufficiently inform and sensitize cyclists about this,” said the minister. She emphasizes that the Highway Code already states that cyclists must use “non-glare lights.”

The wall trick

The Cyclists’ Union emphasizes that – in addition to the necessary awareness among cyclists – there is also a simple way to properly adjust the adjustment of your bicycle lights, developed in collaboration with the Fietsberaad knowledge center.

“We also ask that bicycle mechanics check the adjustment of the lights again”

Wies Callens

Cyclists’ Union

“You measure from the ground how high your bicycle light is on your bicycle,” says Wies Callens. Then you place your bike about 5 meters from a wall and shine the light on that wall. The top of the light beam on the wall should not exceed the height of the lamp on your bicycle.” He also warns not to let the light shine too low, “because then other road users will be less likely to notice it.” “And we also ask that bicycle makers are made aware, so that they check the adjustment of the lights again when they inspect an electric bicycle or speed pedelec.”

READ ALSO: The number of accidents involving speed pedelecs has never been as high as last year: “We should not ignore these figures”

More and more creative bicycle lights, and yes: that is allowed

Bicycle helmets with a bicycle light incorporated on or in it, even fluorescent vests with all kinds of white and red lights incorporated into them. Cyclists have more and more bells, whistles and lights available to stand out in traffic. But do such lights on helmets or in fluorescent vests also count as real bicycle lights? “Yes, about 10 years ago – together with the rise of portable bicycle lights – the obligation that bicycle lights had to be attached to the bicycle frame was abolished,” says Werner De Dobbeleer, spokesperson for the Flemish Traffic Science Foundation (VSV). “Since then, you can, for example, attach the red bicycle light to the back of your backpack. You must always ensure that the light is clearly visible and that, for example, your jacket does not cover it. You also have to be careful not to blind anyone: think, for example, of cyclists who equip their bicycle helmet with such a powerful Petzl headlamp.” (wer)

The article is in Dutch

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