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Old 15.02.2011, 16:39
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Bicycle Lights and Swiss Highway Regs

Hi there,

I guess this is a question to those on the forum who do a lot of road cycling.

I have raced and trained on UK roads for 20 years and now find myself in Ticino, where riding a bike scares the sh*t out of me to be honest.

Anyhow.....whilst risking my neck this morning on my 3 mile commute, I was harranged by a typically polite Ticino driver telling my lights are not legal.

Does anyone know what the legislation is regarding flashing rear lights. A flashing rear light is legal in the UK during daylight hours. If a flasher unit is used at night it has to be accompanied by a static light also. In the UK there is a section of the highways act specific to lighting on vehicles. Is ther a similar document in Switzerland?

In response I suggest that exceeding the speed limit, driving whilst pissed, driving whilst using a mobile phone (all of which are popular sports in Ticino) have far larger risks associated with them.

Rant over.... I feel bettter now
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