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donkeybike
01-11-2011, 09:27 AM
I am heartened to see so many winter riders, but I am really concerned about the ones without lights. I looked up the law, which states:


Every bicycle ridden between sunset and sunrise must have at least one white headlamp with the light being visible at least 500 feet to the front. The bicycle must have a red reflector on the rear visible at least 600 feet to the rear. On roads posted with speed limit of 35 mph or greater, the bicyclist must additionally be equipped with at least one red taillight visible from 500 feet to the rear. Taillights may be steady or blinking, are allowed under all conditions, and may be attached to the cycle or rider.

I heard about a light giveaway a while back, but are there any initiatives going on to educate riders about the need for proper lights? This is one area where I really sympathize with drivers. Since winter riding coincides with night riding, it would be great if all of the articles on the subject also mentioned the need for adequate lights.

Tim Kelley
01-11-2011, 02:02 PM
In Arlington, BikeArlington and a number of great volunteers (many from this forum, THANKS!) have done a light giveaway in which we have distributed free sets of lights along with safety literature.

Check out a few write-ups here:

http://www.commuterpageblog.com/2010/12/lights-for-bikes-2010.html

http://www.commuterpageblog.com/2010/10/lights-for-bikes-day-laborers-edition.html

I think other jurisdictions have similar programs too.