The Streets of Philadelphia are a little brighter -- and close to 100 cyclists are a lot safer -- after our first bike light giveaway on Wednesday evening. Six volunteer ambassadors joined BCGP staffers Diana and Steve, two Penn Police officers, and two EMS mechanics along the green bike lanes just west of the South Street Bridge. They waved over unlit cyclists passing by (bikers-by?), each of whom rode away with a brand new light set. Our crew even installed the blinking front light on the spot.
|Photo credits: Stacy Ritchey of the Penn Dept of Protective Services.|
If you didn't have a chance to pick up lights on Wednesday, remember that Pennsylvania law requires a white front light and a red rear light or reflector when riding before dawn or after dusk. We highly recommend that you have, and use, a set of front and back lights whenever it is even a little dark and during foul weather. You can buy cheap lights for $10, or fancier ones that charge via USB.