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Monday, November 14, 2011

Free Bike Lights -- If You Can Find Them

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Cyclists at a past "Light Up the Night" - SF BICYCLE COALITION
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  • Cyclists at a past "Light Up the Night"

Daylight savings in fall is a double-edged sword: That extra hour of sleep two Sundays ago was extremely welcome, but now, when commuters leave work, it's dusk -- and darkening fast.

For those who commute on two wheels, that can mean already-treacherous interactions with cars and other vehicles just got even riskier. But one way to ensure you make it home -- and complying with the law while you're at it -- is to get the proper lights on your bike.

From today through Dec. 15, the SFMTA and the SF Bicycle Coalition will be handing out 2,000 bike lights and disseminating bike safety information at pop-up locations around the city, targeting bicycle riders who travel during dark hours as part of their annual "Light up the Night" project.

It's illegal to cycle in the dark without a white light on the front of your bike and a red light or reflector on the back  -- a fact that many bikers don't seem to know.

The stations will appear at different locations in the city from 5 to 7 p.m. to catch evening commuters, and information will be handed out in several languages to further the campaign's reach.

We wish we could tell you exactly where they'll be and when, but we've been foiled. "The locations will be kept secret, to guarantee that the lights go to those who need them most," a cryptic press release notes.

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