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ROAD LIGHTS. With the present issue of the Courant we commence the publication of a weekly time- table, shewing the hour when cycles and other vehicles on the public roads must be lighted. The new bye-law of the Cheshire County Council, obliging all carts, carriages, and other vehicles to be lighted an hour after sunset till an hour before sunrise, is now in force, and the table which we publish week by week will doubtless be found useful to a large num- ber of the public outside the ranks of our numerous cycling readers. The times which we give are calculated from the statutory authority at Greenwich, which, as we indicated some time ago in this column, is the only one recognised in the Act of Parliament. Several of our Lancashire contemporaries, we observe, publish similar tables based on purely local time. Inasmuch as this is a local bye-law, imposed by separate county councils, the calculation of the time of day from local observatories might be presumed to be the most proper course. It certainly commends itself to reason, but, like many other reasonable things, it is not in accordance with the law. Although' Cheshire time might reasonably be supposed to be governed by Bidston Observa- tory, Parliament has ordained it otherwise, and so long as Parliament gives Greenwich the controlling power, we poor mortals must obey. Cyclists have for some time past experienced the inconvenience of having an ever-changing time for lighting-up-a different time every night by some two or three minutes. To say the least of it, the arrangement tends to con- fusion, and we are quite prepared to hear a good deal about it during the en&uing winter months, when the rural population will be con- siderably exercised over the new rule as applied to all wheeled conveyances. Our rustic readers will probably be inclined to agree with a suggestion thrown out in our columns a few months ago to the effect that an effort should be made by the local governing bodies to secure something like uniformity in the lighting-up arrangements, whereby one set hour should be made applicable to a whole month. The long-suffering cyclist has in the past been viewed by the authorities as more or less of a nonentity, but in the future the drivers of all sorts of vehicles, once they find that they have in this perplexing time table a serious grievance, will be able to formulate a body of public opinion which cannot be ignored by the local authorities. We shall be very much sur- prised if they tamely submit to the vagaries of the lighting-up law, when so easy a solution of the difficulty as the establishment of a monthly code presents itself. The rule compelling all carriages to carry lights is in itself admirable the only defeat lies in its clumsy application.


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