Bright Lights, Big City: Light up the Night Campaign Wraps Up

Thursday, February 26 marked our final Light up the Night event for the winter season. Together with our partners at the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and our amazing volunteers, we installed 1,000 lights (both front and rear) on the bicycles of people riding at night over the course of this winter’s campaign.

This annual bike light distribution campaign corresponds with the darkest months of the year, starting in November, right after Daylight Savings takes effect. Over 70 member-volunteers joined us this year as we distributed lights in five different pop-up locations around San Francisco. Volunteers installed lights on bikes, and recipients signed a pledge promising to use their lights when riding at night.

It’s important to remember that lights not only help those on bike see and be seen, they’re also required by law. Both a white front light and red rear reflector or light are mandated by California law (CVC 21201), as well as yellow or white reflectors on sides and/or pedals (reflective whitewalls count).

Want to brush up your knowledge of other Rules of the Road as well? Check out our fun, informational video. SF Bicycle Coalition members can use their SF Bicycle Coalition membership card at any time of the year to purchase a set of lights at one of our discount partners. (Not a member? Join today!)

Huge thanks to the wonderful volunteers who joined us in this project. This work wouldn’t be possible without you! If you’d like to get involved as volunteer, we’d love to have your help! Check out our upcoming projects.

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