BE BRIGHT: USE LIGHTS AND REFLECTORS AT NIGHT

  • A white headlight and red rear reflector are required by law.

 

  • Additional lights and reflectors can be used as well.

 

  • Add lights and reflectors to outline your body and identify yourself as a person.

 

  • Lights and relectors that move (leg bands, pedal reflectors) catch a driver's attention.

SEE AND BE SEEN WHEN BICYCLING AT NIGHT

  • A bright white light on the front of your bike helps you see and be seen by others, and is required by law.

 

  • A red rear reflector is also required.  Flashing red lights can be used as well.

 

  • A flashing light is better at getting the driver's attention, while a solid light makes it easier for drivers to judge your speed and distance.

 

  • Adding reflective leg bands, lights that move or flash and wearing a reflective vest or other clothing will help to identify you as a bicyclist to other drivers.

 

  • Your front light should also allow you to see the road far enough ahead to avoid a hazard.  At 15mph, you should be able to see at least 35-50 feet in front of you, and even farther under more adverse road or weather conditions.

 

  • You need lights on paths and sidewalks as well, so you can see and be seen by other bicyclist, pedestrians and cross traffic.

 

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