Can anybody explain why so many cyclists choose to ride in the dark with dark clothing and without working rear lights?

Both a colleague and I were startled to find somebody with no rear lights pedalling along Wigginton Road - a 60mph road with no street lights - in the dark on Friday morning.

Thankfully we both managed to avoid him without causing an accident.

I learned about the value of lighting more than 60 years ago when taking the cycling proficiency test.

In those days, replacing batteries cost a lot of money but, today, LED lights are inexpensive, as is high-visibility clothing. Why not spend a little to save your life?

Peter Dew, Rivelin Way, York