Get Lit! Installing Lights on Bikes so all Cyclists Are Seen

Get Lit! Installing Lights on Bikes so all Cyclists Are Seen

Did you know? When your bike isn’t lit, you become invisible at night. From a half hour before sunset to a half hour after sunrise, cyclists must have a front white light and either a rear red reflector or rear red light. You even need to be lit when it’s dark due to rain, fog, or snow. It’s the law.

As days become shorter, it’s more important than ever for cyclists to have proper lights and reflective gear on their bicycles to help ensure their safety. With this in mind, we’ve started our Get Lit! campaign.

The campaign is based on Cycle Toronto and Bike Portland’s Get Lit campaigns. We’ll be setting up our Bike Windsor Essex tent in different locations around the city and will flag down unlit cyclists as they pass, educating them on the importance of bike lights and installing a free set for a safe ride home.

Come drop by our fledgling downtown Bike Hub on Friday, December 2, check out our new space and sponsor a bike rider in need for $10 so they can GET LIT! 

We’ll be installing free bike lights on unlit bicycles to help make sure riders get home safe that evening.  Pop-up Get Lit! nights to be announced in the coming weeks.

With lights and reflectors, you can be seen. Ontario law requires that bicycles be equipped with a front white light and either a rear red reflector or a rear red light, from half an hour before sunset to half an hour after sunrise. Lights, reflectors, reflective tape, and bright clothing help drivers and pedestrians see cyclists at night.

Funding for our Get Lit! campaign was generously provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Lori Newton
  • Rob mullins
    Posted at 21:03h, 23 November Reply

    What are your office hours so that I may pick up a light kit

    • Lori Newton
      Posted at 21:40h, 23 November Reply

      Hi Rob, we’re still finalizing details of ‘office hours’ as we’re relying on volunteers to ‘man’ the space. We’ll have all that straightened out by next Friday – the launch of our campaign. Just to be clear, we’ll be installing lights on bikes for those who don’t have them and can’t afford them – people can’t just drop by and pick up a free set of lights. Stay tuned!

  • Irene Olsen
    Posted at 23:13h, 27 November Reply

    Does your lighting kits have a generator to run the lights or are they run from batteries (that need recharging or replacing)?
    Thank you Irene

    • Lori Newton
      Posted at 09:44h, 28 November Reply

      They’re battery operated.

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