Fall is a good time to remind cyclists about the use of bicycle lights. As required by law and needed for safety, cyclists who ride between evening hours and early mornings need to have lights on their bicycles, white light in front and a red light or reflector on the rear – one-half hour before sunset until one-half hour after sunrise.
A white front lights not only help the cyclist see the road, but allows motorists and other road users to see the bicycle. A red rear bicycle light makes the bicycle visible to motorists and other road users approaching from behind.
Not only do lights help keep cyclists safe, but riding a bicycle without lights at night can also result in a fine for cyclists riding without proper lights, $110! A good basic bicycle lights set for front and back can be purchased for around $40 – a small investment for safety and possibly save money in the long run!
The Light My Ride campaign is an annual awareness campaign of Cycle Kingston that gives out a limited number of bicycle lights to rider spotted without lights. Volunteers set up at various locations around Kingston to talk with cyclists and distribute these lights to those riding at dusk or in the evening without lights, as well as other low-light and nighttime riding safety tips.