How to be prepared the next time you get caught in the dark
|Scooped by Steven M. Sweat|
Great tips from Bicycling Magazine on staying safe on night time bike rides. It is very important to note that bicycle accidents at night occur more frequently simply due to the lack of visibility of the cyclist by motorists. California Vehicle Code 21201(d) states as follows:
(d) A bicycle operated during darkness upon a highway, a sidewalkwhere bicycle operation is not prohibited by the local jurisdiction,or a bikeway, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and HighwaysCode, shall be equipped with all of the following: (1) A lamp emitting a white light that, while the bicycle is inmotion, illuminates the highway, sidewalk, or bikeway in front of thebicyclist and is visible from a distance of 300 feet in front andfrom the sides of the bicycle. (2) A red reflector on the rear that shall be visible from adistance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawfulupper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. (3) A white or yellow reflector on each pedal, shoe, or anklevisible from the front and rear of the bicycle from a distance of 200feet. (4) A white or yellow reflector on each side forward of the centerof the bicycle, and a white or red reflector on each side to therear of the center of the bicycle, except that bicycles that areequipped with reflectorized tires on the front and the rear need notbe equipped with these side reflectors. The reflectors and reflectorized tires shall be of a type meetingrequirements established by the department. (e) A lamp or lamp combination, emitting a white light, attachedto the operator and visible from a distance of 300 feet in front andfrom the sides of the bicycle, may be used in lieu of the lamprequired by paragraph (1) of subdivision (d).