Be Safe and Be Seen
Cyclists are reminded to use proper lights and reflective gear to stay visible while riding between dusk and dawn, year-round.
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).
Riding at night
- 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
Walking at night
- 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.
More information about walking in Boulder.