Cyclists not using lights will be stopped in Chichester this week by police.
Police said the new initiative aimed to educate cyclists about the law of cycling using lights to make sure they were visible in the darker mornings and evenings.
A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “From this week officers in the Chichester area will be focusing on stopping cyclists, both adults and children, who are not using lights and speaking to them about the dangers they are causing to themselves and other road users.
“Adults who are caught without lights, which is breaking the law, will be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £50.
“However they will be given a chance to not have to pay the fine by buying and fitting lights to their bike and bringing in proof they have done this within seven days of being stopped. “If they do not do this the notice will be processed.
“Any young people, 17 and under, will also be stopped if they are caught riding without lights and either escorted home or visited at an arranged time by the officer who will explain to their parents or guardians about why they were stopped.
“The officer will provide some cycle safety advice and a set of lights to fit to the young person’s bike.”
PCSO Richard Moorey, who thought up the initiative, said: “This initiative is all about keeping cyclists safe and within the law – some cyclists may not realise they are breaking the law if they don’t have working lights.
“I noticed more and more during my patrols that people would be riding without lights which is incredibly dangerous as they just can’t be seen in the darkness.
“They are not only putting their own lives at risks but other road users and pedestrians who wouldn’t be able to see them.
“The initiative is supported by the joint action group based in Chichester made up of representatives from Chichester District Council, West Sussex Fire and Rescue, Chichester Businesses Against Crime, West Sussex County Council and Hyde Martlet.”
More information about staying safe can be found on the West Sussex County Council website www.westsussex.gov.uk/cycling which gives safe cycle routes around the county. The council offer cycle training for any cyclists who feels they could benefit from a course.