BARNSLEY cyclists who bike into work are being offered free high-viz bests in a bid to keep them safe on dark nights and mornings.

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is offering the high visibility vests (while stocks last) that can be collected from Barnsley's libraries and Connects offices.

Superintendent Eddie Murphy said: “The most dangerous hours for cyclists are during the rush hour - 8 -9am and 3 to 6pm on weekdays. Research also shows that cycling collisions in the dark are more likely to be fatal.

“Cycling is a great way of travelling, but cyclists must be aware that they are often more vulnerable than other road users. Items such as bike lights, high visibility vests and helmets are all ways that cyclists can make themselves more easily seen. The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership sees this as such an important issue that we thought it was appropriate to take this measure."