I conducted a little survey on my way home from work tonight. I started counting at sunset, right at the point when cyclists without lights became nearly invisible, and stopped when I arrived home, 20 minutes later. Here are the results:
- Number of bikes: 21
- Number of bikes with lights of any sort: 3
- Number of bikes with sufficient, relatively high-powered lights: 1
This was through a very heavily trafficked urban/suburban area with many side streets and traffic lights. Approximately half of the riders appeared to be commuters, mostly riding nice road bikes and carrying their stuff in backpacks. The one rider with a serious lighting system was riding a flat bar city bike with fenders, rack, panniers, etc. The remainder were kids on BMX bikes and teenagers on fixies.
I don’t know if it’s the too cool factor, the weight weenie factor, or whether people have yet to adapt to the recent time change, but 1 out of 21 is a dismal figure. Come on folks — if you’re going to ride at night, invest in some lights and stay alive!