Plan your routes. For night riding, pick spots with features that enhance night rides: slow traffic, bike lanes and street lights are a must. And although you don’t want to ride on a busy street, try to find spots that are somewhat well traversed; you don’t want to end up all alone on a deserted trail with a flat tire or worse.
Get the right lights. Lights are key for safe night riding. Make sure you have a bright red light on the back of your bike (this will help ward off rear-ends) and front lights to warn oncoming drivers.
Slow down. There may be nothing like the wind in your hair as you whip down a dark city street. But speedy riding is more likely to end in an accident, especially when you’re riding in the dark, so navigate slow and steady and you’ll reach your destination safely.
Reflect. Sure, you may feel dorky wearing one of those reflector vests, but a safe dork is far better off than a squashed cool kid. In addition to wearing reflectors on your person, install them on your spokes, and the back and front of your bike.
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