Many people don’t realize that from the hours of 6-9pm 1/3 of all bicycle fatalities occur. This is the time a motor vehicle is most likely to not see you! Many cyclists truly underestimate how difficult it is for a driver to see them. Most bikers think it is simple inattention by the motor vehicles. No question that is part of it, but trust me, a large part is you are simply not visible in the dusk or nighttime… UNLESS you have a powerful bicycle light . Here is a video from the not for profit,Active Transportation Alliance , showing this point, I urge you to watch it.
I use a light during day or night, and wouldn’t leave home without it. I encourage a bright rear flashing red light as well. The prices have come down and for about $100 you can get a very bright front and rear light that is re-chargeable On the topic of lights, here is another cool product that is a connected vest/jackets with light that creates turn signals and reacts when you slow down or go through an intersection. Here is a video on this new product to come out shortly.
So to sum it up, stay lit up and enjoy the fall riding season~
Ride. Be Safe. Have Fun.
Andrew Kass – Bicycle Accident Lawyer, Enthusiast
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