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Biking With Lights Is A Smart Move, Day Or Night
It's easy to see why using bike lights at night makes sense- we all want to see and be seen. But there's plenty of reasons to reach for your lights every time you leave the house, even in broad daylight.
A 2013 study in Denmark found using lights during the day was the number one thing that cyclists can do to make themselves safer. With 8 out of 10 cycling accidents occurring during the day, adding daytime lights to your bicycle can help to make you more visible and increase awareness among other road users. There's some precedent for this- motor vehicles began using daytime running lights in the late 1970s, and the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates a 7.9 percent drop in daytime opposite-direction collisions.
With all of the options out there for bike lights, how do you know which one is right for you? Choose something that will work with your riding style. Headed out for a quick coffee with friends? A set of blinky lights may be all you need. If you have multiple bikes for different types of riding, a set of lights with an adjustable band instead of a mounting bracket is easy to transfer. For those long rides that stretch on into the evening, look for a light with different modes- most have a high and low setting, and may offer strobe or pulse attention-getting options. Don't want to worry about charging time or replacing batteries? A dynamo light system powered by the front hub on your wheel will charge as you pedal, and light your way for years.
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