City Will Make Sure You Have a Bike Light
Austin police officers will start handing out 1,000 free bike lights next week to cyclists caught riding at night without a light.
State law requires that you have a white light on the front of your bicycle if you’re riding at night, and a red reflector or light on the back.
“About 36 percent of our bicycle and motor vehicle collisions occur during the hours of darkness, which further demonstrates the importance of adequate lighting on bicycles,” said Sean Mannix, a commander with the Austin Police Department.
The city’s Public Works Department will also be handing out free bike lights at the Bike to Work Day station at City Hall from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on May 18, and at the the Viva Streets event on May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday is National Bike to School Day.