Many cyclists enjoy riding at night. Night riding can be an enjoyable experience, but there is an associated risk that comes with cycling in the dark. Following bicycle safety laws and wearing proper safety equipment can go a long way in keeping you safe. Keep the following in mind:
- Be visible. Wear lights and reflectors on your body, bicycle and helmet. Bright colored or reflective jackets or vests will also make you visible to motorists. Always get additional reflectors and add the standard ones that come on your bike—they are never enough, and better safe than sorry.
- Follow the rules. Even if it seems like traffic is lighter, always remember to ride with the flow of traffic, stop at all stop signs and lights, and signal properly.
- Know your surroundings. It is best to stick to familiar territory when riding in the dark. Urban riding will require more attention and defensive riding techniques than rural areas.
- Common sense. Try and ride with a friend if possible. Let someone know where you will be riding and what time you plan on returning.
Keep these things in mind and you will be better off if you plan on riding at night. For a description of the lights and reflectors required for night cycling in California and other bicycle safety laws, click here.
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