Free Bike Lights Being Distributed on U of I Campus

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URBANA – Local organizations are partnering to install free bike lights in the 7th Annual ‘Light the Night’ Bike Light Distribution Campaign on Wednesday, September 9.

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD), the cities of Champaign and Urbana, along with the University of Illinois have purchased 2,200 bicycle lights to be installed on September 9 from 4 – 7 PM, or until all lights have been distributed.

Two locations will be hosting the bike light distribution:

  1. Wright and Green near the Alma Mater Statue
  2. Lincoln and Illinois near Illinois Street Residence Hall

Organizers will also be using these distributions as an opportunity to educate the campus community about bicycle safety during daylight and nighttime hours and inform cyclists on laws requiring bikes to have lights at night.

Volunteers will be installing sets of front and rear lights. Illinois law requires bicycles being used at night to be equipped with a lamp on front emitting a white light visible from at least 500 feet and, at least, a red reflector on the rear visible from 100 – 600 feet. A lamp emitting a red light is also acceptable as an alternative to a reflector.

More information on bike safety and other resources can be found on MTD’s site here.

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