Sunset on Mt. Hollywood Dr in Griffith Park It's September and the days are getting noticeably shorter. Those morning or late afternoon rides are now becoming less doable as darkness encroaches. Well, now might be the time to get yourself ready for night riding! Riding in the dark does not have to be a dangerous and scary experience! With some planning and proper equipment, riding at night can be just as pleasant as a daytime cruise. And you can easily extend your available riding time by starting your morning ride before the sun is up, or wrapping your afternoon ride well after sunset. I'll share my approach to night rides by looking at 3 topics: Gear Route planning Safety tips Gear When it comes to your bike, there are two absolutely essential items that you need to ride safely in the dark. First, a good tail light keeps you safe by alerting motorists to your presence and allowing them to steer clear of you. Second, a good headlights has a dual purposes o
Not my finest selfie, but at least i'm wearing the glasses Have you heard about cycling's hottest new apparel brand? No? It's called Dewalt. Ok, maybe not hot or even an apparel brand, but the company that's known for construction tools make some pretty sweet and cheap safety glasses that do a great job for dark and/or rainy rides. They still fog up sometimes when I'm going really slow or stopped, but other than that they are great. Highly recommended. The best part is that at $8 you don't have to lose any sleep when you lose them or scratch them up.
One recent Saturday I took a casual ride via the Skyline route from SF to San Mateo. This is a route I often take during non-shelter-in-place times to make the "long commute" from Sausalito to Mountain View with SF2G . I used the opportunity to photo document some bicycle safety issues on the route (mostly debris and overgrown vegetation into the shoulder). I used rough guide: cataloging issues where more than 1/2 the shoulder is unavailable for some reason. Yikes! Overgrown vegetation + glass + high speed traffic Caltrans has jurisdiction for the roads where I was cataloging issues. I know that they have an online submission form , but I have come across a few issues with this approach: You have input a specific geolocation for each issues, and I had over 20 issues to report There is no embedded w