Following up on a GUARDIAN post in October, Boise Police are now stopping bicyclists without lights.
Rather than pass out expensive tickets, the officers will be offering a safety briefing and FREE lights to make the cyclists more visible. Coppers joined ranks with the Ada County Highway District to provide the temporary lights which are available at multiple locations.
“These lights are temporary in nature and not designed to relieve people of the responsibility to get good lights on their bikes. I like the idea of ‘pay it forward’ so these free lights get into the right hands after the rider has acquired permanent lights,” Chief Mike Masterson told the GUARDIAN.
Here is the release from the BPD:
Boise Police are stopping cyclists, not necessarily for violations, but to help make them more visible.
The department has several hundred pair of white and red bike lights donated by the Ada County Highway District. The lights are meant to easily clip to a bicycle and can go from solid to flashing to make cyclists more visible to motorists.
The effort comes after the recent time change making it darker earlier. It’s also an effort to promote cycling safety after two recent deadly collisions involving cyclists and motor vehicles on city streets.
“Officers are getting a very positive response from cyclists who appreciate the lights and the reminder about how important being visible is,” said Boise Police Deputy Chief Pete Ritter. “The lights are just bright enough and should help motorists see the cyclist better, which can be life saving.”
Where to get one: Boise Police patrol, school resource and Boise State patrol officers have the lights and will stop cyclists in the field who may be in need on them. The lights are also available at Boise Police Administrative Offices, Boise City Hall West, 333 N. Mark Stall Place. The lights are free courtesy of ACHD.
All bicycles in Boise City and the State of Idaho are required to be equipped with lights and reflectors if ridden at night.
Boise City Code Section 10-14-03-D REQUIRED BICYCLE EQUIPMENT – When in use at nighttime, a red reflector on the rear visible from a distance of three hundred feet (300′) when directly in front of lawful upper beams of a motor vehicle, and a forward-facing white light attached either to the bicycle or the bicyclist which is visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500′) in front of the bicycle. A bicycle shall be equipped with a frontfacing white or yellow reflector when the bicyclist uses a generator powered light which is unlit when the bicycle is stopped.
Idaho State Code 49-723. Light and reflector required at night. Every bicycle in use at the times described in section 49-903, Idaho Code, shall be operated with a light emitting device visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front, attached to the bicycle or the rider, and with a reflector clearly visible from the rear of the bicycle.
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