Photo by Eric Tuvel/SF Bicycle Coalition
Light Up The Night
Riders stop by the Light Up The Night team to receive free bike lights for the dark nights ahead.
In San Francisco, CA, 86 percent of bicyclists continue riding throughout the winter. “We are lucky to have pretty mild weather all year long,” noted San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s (SFBC) Kristin Smith. The biggest hazard faced by Bay Area riders is reduced visibility due to shorter days and San Francisco’s famous fog.
Each year, SFBC teams up with the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) for Light Up the Night, a program that installs lights free of charge on bicycles that don’t have them. The program, which starts in November and runs through December, has given away over 8,000 lights since its inception in 1999. “We see a ton of people using the lights we give out,” said Ben Jose of SFMTA’s Livable Streets Subdivision.
A similar program in New York City, sponsored by the NYC DOT, has distributed 6,000 sets of lights since its inception in 2008.