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Bike safely at night

October 29, 2013

With the arrival of the Fall season, days are getting shorter and the commuters who cycle to work are at an increased risk of being caught in the dark on their way home from work.


Cycling at night is a dangerous time to be on a bike; this is due to poor driver visibility and without lights, a cyclist is virtually invisible to motor vehicles.


That’s why Cycle Toronto introduced its Get Lit! campaign, to raise awareness and educate cyclists, as well as the general public, to safe night cycling.


Under Ontario law, cyclists must have a rear red light or reflector and a front white light shining thirty minutes before sundown and thirty minutes before sunrise.


In addition to lights and reflective clothing, here are a few other tips on making your cycling commute home even safer:



  • Map your route: plan your route in advance, find out if there are bike lanes and consider volume of traffic in the area

  • Obey the rules of the road: follow all traffic signs and do not assume that everyone on the road can see you

  • Turn off the music: music is a distraction and with headphones on you will not be aware of your surroundings


Protect yourself against the risks associated with cycling at night and ensure that your bike is equipped with the necessary front white light and back red light or reflectors.


If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident contact The Personal injury Alliance for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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