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Yoooouuuu light up my ride….

You light up the night with lights on your bike…

Why not the day?

Some riders have standard lights and some have LED lights that blink you into an epileptic seizure but the fact is we use them for safety while riding at night.

So why don’t we use them during the day just like our vehicular brothers/sisters?

They have “Day running lights” standard.  Shouldn’t we be doing the same thing?

Vehicle studies by U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have shown that cars running their lights during the day are safer.

DRLs have also been shown to reduce fatal opposite direction crashes between a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle by 23 percent.  The results for two-vehicle daytime opposite-direction crashes are statistically significant at the p < 0.10 level, although one would prefer a statistical level of p < 0.05. FARS data were also used to estimate the effectiveness, based on the simple odds, of DRLs in reducing pedestrian/cyclist fatalities in single-vehicle fatal crashes. The analysis shows that DRLs reduced pedestrian/cyclist fatalities by more than 12 percent…

(You can read the report here…http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809760.pdf.)

A more than 12% reduction in cyclist fatalities….WOW.

Wouldn’t it stand to reason that cyclists running their lights during the day would be safer also?

So light up the day people…help them see us.

Also, take a look at Bike Safe Boston for Josh’s article on 10 excuses for riding without lights after dark (and their accompanying refutations)


I could not agree more…

Have fun, ride safe