As the leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter and it’s getting darker on my morning bike commute.
Lights on my bike take on a dual purpose: to see and to be seen.
I want lights on my bike so drivers and pedestrians know I’m there.
I want lights on my bike so I can see where I’m going. As it gets darker, the lights create a tunnel of visibility.
I have one light on the front of bike to illuminate where I’m going. I have a second light on my helmet to illuminate where I’m looking. That helmet light one helps on turns, so I can see the way before the bike turns.
The helmet light helps me catch the attention of drivers. A quick flash across the driver’s phone may be enough to have the driver pay attention to the road. I have to compete with drivers’ phones too often