Ride Safely After Sunset

 

Diamondabck Haanjo

Riding at night is unavoidable sometimes. Remember these three keys to staying safe after dark:

Divert: With winter right around the corner, it's getting more and more common to find yourself in the dark during an evening commute or an after-work ride. If it happens, use crosswalks at busy intersections rather than riding through traffic to the turn lane. It will take a little longer, but you’ll reduce the risk of an accident. If your route follows a busy thoroughfare, consider cutting over one block to a quieter side street.

Illuminate: Always have the option of turning on a light by keeping two inexpensive blinkie lights on your bike at all times. Companies make ­lightweight ones that are unobtrusive and attach easily to a handlebar or seatpost. They won’t have enough firepower to illuminate your path, but the flashing LEDs will make you much more visible to motorists and pedestrians.

Reflect: Even the brightest hi-vis clothing becomes hard to see in low-light conditions. Make sure your riding apparel has plenty of reflective details. One way to be reliably visible: Place reflective decals on the stuff you use all the time. Attach them to both sides of your rims (the spinning draws attention), the outer sides of your shoes, and your helmet. Tires with reflective sidewalls also help to keep you visible.