light up those
Dress bright / morning and night
This season, bright is in. Be seen wearing light-colored and fluorescent clothing, and step up your look by adding reflective materials and personal lights.
There are lots of ways to add shine:
Go for outerwear and accessories that feature reflective material—you’ll find coats, jackets, scarves, caps, gloves, hats, umbrellas and more.
Layer with a reflective vest
It’s easy to throw a lightweight, reflective vest or sash over your coat. Check out the selection at outdoor, sports and bike stores.
Slap a reflective band on your arm, leg or ankle
Using reflective bands is an easy way to add reflection to your body (and keep your pants out of your bike chain). These can be seen from all angles, meaning they’re more likely to attract drivers’ attention. Some bands even include lights!
Add flair with personal reflectors and lights
Add flexible reflectors with Velcro to purses, helmets, laptop cases, shoes, zipper pulls and backpacks. Lights come in all sizes—some are specific to bikes and wheelchairs, and smaller ones attach easily to strollers, backpacks and purses.
Don’t be afraid to dress up your bike, too, to make it easier for others to see you.
Have the right bike lights
By law you must have a light in front and a red reflector in the back, before sunrise and after sunset. But don't stop there—add more than what’s required.
Invest in proper gear
Bright outerwear such as vests and jackets come in neon, fluorescent and reflective colors and patterns, so you can choose a set to match your style.
Put reflective stickers or tape on handlebars, spokes, helmets and backpacks. Light yourself up!
Drivers, make awareness your top priority
Drivers need to be especially alert to see pedestrians and cyclists. According to AAA, taking your eyes off the road—even for two seconds—doubles your risk of getting into a crash. Driving requires your full attention.
- Complete all personal tasks before or after getting behind the wheel. It can wait.
- Have a passenger help you if you need directions. Otherwise, pull over somewhere safe before you check your phone.
- Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. It’s illegal in Oregon to use a wireless device while driving.