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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 12, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Bicycle safety in Seattle

Lights are a must

Seattle city law requires that bicycles being used at night have a white light on the front. This is a Princeton Tec Yukon bike light. [Dan A. Nelson, freelance.]

Seattle city law requires that bicycles being used at night have a white light on the front and a red reflector on the back. This is a Princeton Tec Yukon bike light. [Dan A. Nelson, freelance.]

I appreciated the editorial on bike safety in Seattle, but there was one major safety issue not mentioned: lights on bikes. [“Seattle is playing catch-up on bike safety,” Opinion, Aug. 8.]

I often can’t believe how many people ride their bikes at night without so much as a reflector. Lights that are visible from the front, back and sides should be mandatory for anyone riding the streets or the sidewalks at night. [Editor’s note: Seattle bicycle law does demand that a bike that is being ridden at night must have a white light in the front and a red reflector in the back.]

This is for the safety of everyone: pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

As an occasional bicycler, I see no sane reason, short of a dead battery, why any bike rider would want to go “kamakazi” on the streets, without lights. It’s damn near impossible to be cautious around night riders who are essentially camouflaged from view.

If bikers expect others to watch out for them, then they should make the effort to be seen.

Jackie DeVincent, Seattle

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