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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 starting in early November.

Fall giveaway events

In November we'll be handing out bike and pedestrian lights during several giveaway events across town. Details will be posted here in the fall!

Need lights now?

Stop by the City of Boulder's GO Boulder office or Community Cycles to get a set of lights.

GO Boulder Office
1101 Arapahoe Ave., 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 year-round

Riding a bike with mounted lights not only increases visibility and safety, but is 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, year-round.

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

Safety tips for 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.

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