What’s the biggest factor in deterring nighttime collisions? LIGHTS! Lights make you visible and give you a defined presence on the road. They are crucial in improving your chances of not being hit while riding, at night or in bad weather.
While many of us know that lights are a critical collision-reducer and use them regularly when riding at night, there are many “invisible cyclists” that don’t.
Not only are lights smart to have and use, but in Hawaiʻi they are the LAW. Hawaiʻi State Law §291C-147 states that any bicycle used from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise must have a white head light and at least a red rear reflector. We recommend accompanying this with a red rear light as well for increased visibility.
Some tips to keep you safe and seen:
- Wear bright clothing when riding at night
- Add reflectors to your bike and clothing
- Be alert at all times!
- Take the whole lane when appropriate (§291C-145: you are entitled to the road too!)
Do you have more tips and tricks to make you more visible?