Bright idea! Join us on Wednesday, October 16th for our Operation Illumination Bike Light giveaway

BikePGH will be back on the streets helping to ensure the safety of the Pittsburgh cycling community. Partnered with Northside Bike-Ped committee we will be installing quality front and rear lights to the unlit cyclist of the Northside Community. Have a friend or family member riding the streets of Pittsburgh unlit? Then make sure you tell them to meet us In Allegheny Commons to get set up with a free set of bike lights.

Since 2011, Bike Pittsburgh has been giving away hundreds of free bike lights annually with its Operation Illumination program. On Wednesday, October 16th, Bike Pittsburgh will host our second  Operation Illumination Bike Light giveaway of the year!BikePGH cares about riders’ safety and education, and this is one of the most direct ways that we can interact with our community to provide that assistance. Join BikePGH in giving back to the cycling community and make a contribution to the Operation Illumination program today. ($30 is the cost of one set of lights for an unlit rider.)

Did you know?

Riding without lights not only makes bicyclists near-invisible after dark – it’s also a ticket-able offense. PA state law requires front lights and rear reflectors to be visible after dusk and before dawn. Lightless biking is risky, and whether people are simply unaware or they cannot afford lights, we want to ensure that they are covered.

Event Details:

Where: Allegheny Commons

When: Wednesday, October 16th from 6 PM – 8:30 PM (or until supplies runs out)

Disclaimer: We will only install lights directly on unlit bikes. Please be sure to bring your UNLIT BIKE, as we cannot install the lights without a bike present. We do this to ensure that we are installing lights that can be put to use on bikes immediately.

What to expect?

BIKE LIGHTS!  The Operation Illumination pop-up will be located somewhere on Forbes in Oakland in partnership with the Pitt Bike Collective. BikePGH staff and volunteers will install bike lights until time or supplies run out (whichever comes first). Unlit cyclists will be flagged down and called over so we can install front and rear light sets on their bikes.

Cyclists who stop by will also receive BikePGH’s Biking 101 Guide (a graphic comic which tells you the basics of biking safely in the city of bridges) and the Pittsburgh Bike Map.

Tips for Riding in the Dark

  • Dress brightly: Wear reflective materials and/or bright-colored attire (high visibility helmet, jacket, shoes, and gloves are all items you can buy at your local bike shop). Reflective tape or stickers for your bicycle and gear are also a great investment.
  • Illuminate your ride: Use a white headlight and a rear reflector (or better yet, a red tail light) when riding in the dark. Try rechargeable batteries and keep your bike lights charged. Sick of dealing with batteries? A generator hub and light set may be a better option for you. PA state law states that the reflector and lights must be visible for 500 feet. Grab a friend and photograph each others’ bikes from a distance to see how visible your really are.
  • Assume drivers don’t see you: Veer on the side of caution and don’t assume that a driver can see you, even when you have the right of way. Give traffic an extra look before crossing at intersections.

Again this October 16th, 2019 we will be on sight at Allegheny Commons East (near water fountain ) from 6-8: 30 pm or until supplies last. This is a free event and we encourage you to spread the word to anyone that needs lights and or could not otherwise afford to get lights themselves. We will see you there and until then stay visible!

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