It’s Time to Light Up the Night

Darkness will be falling fast now that daylight saving time is over, so it’s time to take extra care not to be a bike ninja during your evening commute. To help make sure people riding in San Francisco can be seen and be safe, we’re excited to announce the return of Light up the Night, our annual bike light distribution campaign.

With help from our generous sponsor, Bay Area Bicycle Law, as well as our partners at the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and our team of fabulous volunteers, we install free white front lights and red rear lights on the bicycles of hundreds of people riding at night. We put these events on during the darkest months of the year, starting in November and running through December.

This campaign wouldn’t be possible without the support of our dedicated member-volunteers. Sign up to help install lights in a neighborhood near you!

Help Light up the Night

Please note: To make sure that the bicycle lights go to those who need them the most, we keep the distribution locations a secret.*

Lights don’t just help people on bikes improve visibility – they’re also required by law. California law (CVC 21201) mandates a white front light and red rear reflector or light, as well as yellow or white reflectors on sides and/or pedals (reflective whitewalls count).

Members, looking for some fresh lights? Flash your SF Bicycle Coalition membership card at one of our many discount partners and get a great deal. (Not a member? Join today!)

*Please note that we will only install lights on a bicycle, and therefore you must have a bicycle with you to get a light.

Become a member and you'll improve your commute and get discounts at shops across the city.