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Lighten Up Boulder - Bike Light Safety Program

Lighten Up Boulder Safety Campaign

Lighten Up Boulder Safety Campaign

Cycling can be a great way to travel all year around. However, as fall sets in and daytime light is reduced, visibility is very important especially when riding at night. There are a few simple things that you can do to ensure that you and your bike are prepared for riding this winter. The City of Boulder, Community Cycles, and the University of Colorado (CU) team up every year to encourage the use of bike lights for nighttime riding by giving out free lights.

Need a bike light? Or a pedestrian light?

In November we'll be handing out bike and pedestrian lights during several giveaway events across town.

Stop by any of the following events between 4-5:30 p.m. and get a free set of lights!

  • Monday, Nov. 5 at Boulder Creek Path (west of Broadway)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Skunk Creek Path (south of Arapahoe Ave.)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Goose Creek Path (west of Foothills Pkwy, close to Wilderness Pl.)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Broadway/Euclid (bike path east of Broadway)
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 at Elmer's Two Mile Park
  • Monday, Nov. 26 at Bear Creek Path (east of US 36 underpass) between 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 30th and Colorado
  • Monday, Dec. 3 Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Williams Village (near bus stop south of Baseline on 30th St.).

All events are weather dependent and can therefore be cancelled last minute. We bring a limited supply of lights to each event so come early!

Need lights today? Stop by Community Cycles or City of Boulder office to get a set of lights.

City of Boulder's GO Boulder office
1101 Arapahoe Avenue, New Britain Building, 2nd Floor
Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Community Cycles
2805 Wilderness Place #1000
Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Have the right bike lights

Riding a bike with mounted lights not only increases visibility and safety, but its also the law. The Boulder Revised Code requires all cyclists traveling between sunset and sunrise to equip their bikes with both a mounted white light on the front and a red reflector on the back (B.R.C. 7-5-11: Bicycle Headlight and Reflector Required).

Be safe and be seen

Cyclists are reminded to use proper lights and reflective gear to stay visible while riding between dusk and dawn.

A few safety tips for riding at night are:

  • Use a white front light, red rear blinking light at night or when visibility is poor
  • Wear bright colors and/or reflective gear
  • Add sidelight or reflectors on wheels to be more visible
  • A stronger headlight (300 lumens or above) is recommended on multi-use paths, where light is low and is much darker at night than compared to city streets

Tips to be safe walking at night are:

  • Wear light-colored or reflective clothing, especially in stormy weather or at night. Carry a flashlight at night to see and be seen.
  • At a crosswalk, only cross when the "start crossing" symbol is on. It's illegal to enter a crosswalk when a steady "don't walk" symbol or flashing red hand symbol is on. If you are close to an intersection with a traffic signal, you must cross at the crosswalk.
  • Where a sidewalk ends or where there are no sidewalks, walk on the outside edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
  • At intersections, make sure motorists have seen you before you step off the curb. Don't assume they will see you or stop.

Learn more about walking safely at night or other information about walking in Boulder.

Contact Us

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1101 Arapahoe Ave.

Boulder, CO 80302


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David "DK" Kemp