If you look at the statistics about when bicycle/vehicle collisions occur, anywhere from 40%-60% of injuries and fatalities happen during the hours of darkness, despite the fact that a much smaller percentage of cycling actually takes place then. For riding at night, it is incredibly important that you are visible to other users on the road. Here are tips for increasing your visibility through lighting and reflective wear when you're riding your bike at night.
- I clipped a blinking light on the harness on the back of my helmets. I don't notice it when I ride and it's very visible to people approaching from behind.
- Reflective tape on your helmet and valve stem lights. This may seem self evident but most seem to jump to tail and head lights. These help forward and aft but does little to help visibility from the side; where so many accidents originate.
- —Guest Marvolus