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Old 22.06.2020, 11:13
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Re: Bicycles with no lights at night... incresaingly common.

Here in rüebliland long sections of bike paths have no street lightning, so people install and use the lights on the bikes.
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Old 22.06.2020, 11:19
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Re: Bicycles with no lights at night... incresaingly common.

I live near a busy junction where cyclists have decided that the pedestrian footpath is a convenient means to avoid waiting at the red light. Never mind that it is right outside a school. the footpath is also convenient to avoid having to cross over the road to get to the cycle path going in the right direction.. This morning we even had a scooter using the same tactic as I walked my kids to school.
Maybe i'm just becoming well integrated, but it does piss me off that they don't follow such simple rules of the road. Tends to be the high powered electric bike owners who are the worst.
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Old 22.06.2020, 11:38
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I find this very dangerous too. For this reason, whenever I notice a cyclist at night without lights on, I press the horn for several seconds just when I pass them - hopefully that gets the message across. I don't care if they want to kill themselves, but do not involve me in their craziness.
I'd strongly consider taking a bike lock to your car if you did that me. Hopefully that gets the message across.
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Old 22.06.2020, 12:13
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Re: Bicycles with no lights at night... incresaingly common.

It's not quite Valais but even in the Vaud countryside I see cars traveling too fast and cyclists not always adhering to rules much less lighting or reflective gear

But my anecdotal observations would suggest cyclists are increasingly 'aggressive' on roads - plus, there are more of us riding these days for obvious reasons
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That's a very irresponsible and idiotic behavior. Do you really believe that blowing the horn is the gobally understood signal for "turn your lights" on?
Maybe the bicycle rider's dynamo just broke, maybe the lights were stolen, maybe they ran out of batteries. You don't know. But scaring the bicycle rider and potentially causing them to fall is alright in your book?
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I'd strongly consider taking a bike lock to your car if you did that me. Hopefully that gets the message across.
By not having lights on they put me in danger as well not only themselves.
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Old 22.06.2020, 12:32
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Here in rüebliland long sections of bike paths have no street lightning, so people install and use the lights on the bikes.
These days bicycle lighting is sooo cheap, lightweight, compact and efficient, with USB charging removing the need for dynamo or battery changes. Basically, no excuse.
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Old 22.06.2020, 12:38
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I commute into Zürich by bike with a Cycliq-12, basically a dashcam for bikes. Legal grey area I know, but some of the things I've recorded other cyclists doing is mind-boggling.
Have you got a Youtube channel?
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By not having lights on they put me in danger as well not only themselves.
Yes, and your response is to make it an even more dangerous situation
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Old 22.06.2020, 13:59
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Re: Bicycles with no lights at night... increasingly common.

Cycling, dressed in black, at night, when it's raining and no lights. A form of suicide.

To be fair though, we tend to notice bad behaviour. And if we have noticed people without lights... it can't be too bad?
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Old 22.06.2020, 14:00
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These days bicycle lighting is sooo cheap, lightweight, compact and efficient, with USB charging removing the need for dynamo or battery changes. Basically, no excuse.
Indeed. Some years ago I bought rechargeable AA batteries for the bike lights. May upgrade to USB compatible charge when they die

Also got a red helmet with reflective strips on the back. Bike lights and reflective surfaces may seem like an overkill when weather is nice and drivers are attentive. However, all you need is a bit of rain or a not so focused driver to not be noticed and get hit.
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Old 22.06.2020, 14:16
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Cycling, dressed in black, at night, when it's raining and no lights. A form of suicide.

To be fair though, we tend to notice bad behaviour. And if we have noticed people without lights... it can't be too bad?
Well, I have braked at full force when a child crosses the street while running without looking. I noticed and reacted well.....it can't be too bad, right?
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Old 22.06.2020, 15:21
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Well, I have braked at full force when a child crosses the street while running without looking. I noticed and reacted well.....it can't be too bad, right?
Exactly. If you hadn't reacted well, it would have been very bad. Well done!
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