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Way to Ride Motor Bike Safely in the Dark

As the daylight hours decrease at this time of year, we are stuck at dawn, dusk or even directly in the dark. It may be tempting to hang up your bike and start the countdown until spring returns, but riding in the dark doesn’t have to be scary or perilous… it just takes a little more planning. Read on to find simple ways to make your night (or early morning) bike ride safer and more fun!

ADD REFLECTIVE EQUIPMENT

The easiest way to create more visibility for those who ride in low light conditions is to add reflective accents to the bike, bag and clothing. While most cycling-specific clothing claims to have reflective accents, you may want to add extra strips of reflective tape, unless you want the entire jacket or jersey to glow in the dark. Fortunately, this is a inexpensive solution. You can buy fabric and plastic reflective tape online and add strips to the back of your jacket, backpack, saddle bag or even along the frame of your bike. Although this does not illuminate the road for you, it makes it more visible to traffic.

ADD BIKE LIGHTS

if you are riding long after sunset (or before it gets up), you will need front and rear bike lights. A taillight should be red and can easily snap onto the back of your bike frame or seatpost, or attach to a saddle bag, backpack or bag. Look for a rechargeable option: Although you can get a light for less than $10 that requires batteries, you will save money in the long run by spending a little more on something that is rechargeable via USB.

Many luminaires are delivered in the form of kits with a white front light, which you will also need. Look for a front bike light with around 1,000 lumens and the ability to charge via USB. A thousand lumens is enough to illuminate the road in front of you without wasting battery power or emitting more light than you actually need, but much less than that can affect the quality of your ride.

BRAKE AND ACCELERATE GRADUALLY

Keep in mind that cyclists don’t expect to see bicycles on the road at night, so be more careful with your acceleration and deceleration, especially if you are driving in urban areas. Try to avoid sudden movements, such as a turn that you did not signal. Ideally, you will have a reflective tape on your gloves or sleeves. So if you put a hand aside to indicate that you are turning, you will be easily spotted by the driver behind you.

IGNORE HEADPHONES

Although wearing a helmet during a trip is never really advisable, wearing it at night is a definite no. You want to be as aware of your surroundings as possible when driving in the dark, because the traffic is less predictable and you are less obvious to the drivers. In addition, there are a lot of pedestrians who are not wearing reflective equipment and can suddenly exit in front of them, not to mention pets and wildlife that can rush into the street. Your True Crime Podcast can wait: use all your senses to stay alert.

Look for low-traffic roads and protected bike paths

Unfortunately, as mentioned earlier, motorists tend to perceive cyclists less in the dark, because they do not expect to share the road with anyone. Although lights and reflective equipment can help, the best Option is to find routes that avoid the main roads. Look for roads with wide, fully protected bike paths and trails that feel safe after dark. If there are not many ideal options in your area, try to find the streets with the least traffic and the most street lights for your return home.

LET SOMEONE KNOW YOUR PLAN

On the route planning note, share your trajectory with someone. This is a good idea regardless of the Time of day, but at night it becomes even more important. Write a friend, relative or spouse a rough idea of where you are going and what time you will be back, or at least leave a note that is easy to find. It may sound dramatic, but if you have a bike breakdown or an accident in an area with irregular cell service, having someone who knows where you are and will look for you can save your life. And of course, while we said not to use headphones, it is important to take your phone with you on dark trips.

RIDING TOGETHER

There is certainly more safety in numbers, so if possible, call on a friend for your night trips. Maybe you can do part of your commute from work to home together before splitting up, or meet up for your morning commute instead of everyone doing their own thing. Bonus: Knowing that your friend is meeting you for your ride at 6 in the morning increases the chances that you will get out and pedal!

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