Don't stop cycling as the nights draw in, Brighten Up instead

Brighten up

'Brighten Up' promotes safe cycling during the darker months.

The clocks go back on Sunday 30 October and the evenings will be darker earlier. As we head into winter, learn how and why to Brighten Up and keep cycling safely.

Be safe and be seen

Bikes must have working bike lights between sunset and sunrise, or in seriously reduced visibility. This is the case whether you are cycling on campus, public roads, cycle paths or public places. By law you must have front and rear lights, a rear reflector and pedal reflectors. Without this, you risk a fine of up to £150 from either the police or the university. You can pick up a set of front and back lights from the Spar shop in the Portland Building on University Park for £4.95.Cyclist wearing bright reflective clothing

The more visible you are, the safer you are. During the day wear bright or fluorescent clothing, at night you should wear reflective garments to reflect motorists' headlights.


Save money

If you drive to campus three days a week, on average it costs more than £600 per year in fuel. If you haven’t considered cycling before, the university has several initiatives to help you get started.


Win prizes

Side view of Ucycle hire bikes

This year, the university sustainability team have joined up with U-cycle Nottingham to run a Brighten Up cycling competition. U-cycle are the university’s official bike rental company, offering cycle hire to students and staff. 

Take part in the joint Instagram competition to be in with the chance of winning free bike rental for a semester. Plus three runners up will each win a set of bike lights.

Cycling is good for your health, your pocket and the planet. So go! Brighten Up.

For more advice on staying safe and visible on the roads during autumn and winter, visit the Brighten Up webpage.

Posted on Wednesday 19th October 2022

Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD