simonineaston wrote:As a general comment, now I've been out after dark for a few weeks, this season, I am as usual amazed by the number of users I see who are cycling bikes with no lights at all. However I sort-of get that - as humans, we are, after all, a mix of feckless, dim, lazy, disorganised and over-optimistic. But what really does my nut these days is the increasing number of gormless twits who think its a good idea to use either a white light at rear or a red light at front...
You saw all these people without light, and the problem is what exactly?
Highway code specifically says you should travel at a speed you can stop in the distance you can see to be clear. That's by your headlight/eyesight, relying on things to be lit up so you can avoid going into it/them is just asking for trouble.
I never had problems seeing peds, cyclists, stationary motors, fallen trees, animals etc that weren't lit up, from what you said neither do you so why the name calling of such people.
A red or white light in the 'wrong' place on a cycle makes no difference whatsoever, seen it loads and it's easy to distinguish what's occuring if you're not going too fast and paying attention.