SAFETY is often not a high priority for those riding bikes around Byron Shire streets.
Cyclists often have no headlights or tail lights, no helmets and from time to time they can be seen texting as they pedal.
For one local doctor and keen cyclist, Dr Peter Roger, safety is paramount.
For the fourth year running doctor Roger is giving away 30 sets of headlights and tail lights to anyone who needs them.
“Especially at this time of year when it gets dark so early its disappointing to see so many riding around with no lights on their bikes,” he said.
“I been working in hospital emergency departments for over forty years now and regularly we see people coming in who have been hit while riding a bike.
“The message is see but also be seen.”
Dr Peter Roger is committed to cycling himself and rides around 80kms per week himself when the weather is good. He is also a supporter of the governments new helmet laws.
“It’s government law now to wear a helmet and to carry ID and it will definitely save lives,” he said.
To get one of the sets of lights see Scott Gibson at Sunrise Cycles in Byron Bay.
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