Happy Monday. You might have noticed it gets darker earlier now for some reason. If you’re out biking in the dark, I hope you have lights.
San Francisco MTA and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hopes you have bike lights too, which is why they’re handing out 2,400 free FRONT and REAR lights tonight. To light up your night riding, show up this evening between 5 PM to 6:30 PM in front of Fox Plaza on Market Street at 10th.
If you don’t make it tonight, you’ll have a chance later on — SFBC will have these lights available at various intersections in San Francisco throughout the winter.
Regular Cyclelicious readers know I’m not exactly a stickler about safety on bikes all the time, but cycling at night does increase the risk of a collision for you, and you’re probably not as visible as you think. I know of ninja cyclists who purposely ride stealth because they really believe motorists are out to get them, but the reality is that most people would rather not hit you, and if they see you, they can more easily avoid you.
- Kent is obsessed with bike lights.
- Portland Design Works donates lots and lots of lights to BTA.
- Jim Langley has a cool post on early bicycle lamps.
- Urban Velo reviews NiteRiders MiNewt 150 cordless. I think I like NR’s decision to cominbe the battery with the light.
- Bike Portland asks a good question about lights and helmets.
- Chic Cyclist: Preparing for darkness.