Anonymous
Anonymous asked in SportsCycling · 1 month ago

are bicycles required to have both front and rear lights at night in most jurisdictions?

if I only have a front light, can I get stopped and ticketed?

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  • 1 month ago

    Obviously it varies by location. Most jurisdictions I know of require a headlight and a rear reflector. A rear reflector, BTW is totally inadequate. I can't say what your local laws are.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They are in mine...if they don't,you're fined.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They should have but since when have cyclists given a toss about anyone else?

  • pmt853
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Most countries do require you to have and use working back and front lights. Regardless of the law it's simply common sense to protect yourself by being visible to other road users.

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  • Jon
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    For the first question, yes, most countries require cyclists to have lights front and rear in the dark. The USA is an odd exception in that it requires only a front light and rear reflector. Germany used to require all bicycles to be equipped with a dynamo lighting system but dropped that several years ago.

    For your second question, that depends on where you are, which is not stated.

  • 1 month ago

    In the USA a rear red reflector capable of being seen from 600 feet away and a white head light is the minimum required for riding once it gets dark.  No lights or reflectors are necessary when riding during the day light hours.

    My personal advise is to use reflectors as backup and complimentary devices to a quality lighting system.

    Source(s): Motorized Bicycle Owner and Builder.
  • D50
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    It's easy enough to find out - call the police general business number and ask. In the USA, though, no cop will care about that unless he wants to hassle you for a different reason.

  • 1 month ago

    A rear light is not required but a reflector is.. I have found a wonderful. And cheap light system that works very well on bicycles you can buy at harbor freight a little battery-powered fluorescent light and you can mount it facing down on the front of your bicycle with a piece of tape or rubber bands the thing has a little red lens on it. You can buy two of them and you can use the other one for the rear light of your bicycle with either tape or rubber bands and they only cost about $15

  • 1 month ago

    Since you didn't say precisely where you live, how can I give a definitive answer? 🤔  I wouldn't worry about a ticket as much as being KILLED!  Reflectors DON'T work.  Here's why... https://www.sheldonbrown.com/reflectors.html

    If the reflector is dusty, or at an angle, a motorist might not see you until it's too late.  What if the car's headlights aren't aligned properly?  What if either you or the car is turning?  The headlights from the car won't reach you until both of you are aligned straight.  By that time...crunch - YOU'RE DEAD.  IMHO...anyone who depends on a reflector to save their life is a fool.  Spend just as much (or more) on a good taillight compared to what you spent on that headlight.  

    Planet Bike makes two good ones using only two AAA batteries.  1)  https://www.planetbike.com/superflash-turbo-bike-t...   2) https://www.planetbike.com/grateful-red-usb-bike-t...

    For rechargeable lights, NiteRider makes some that are downright blinding! https://www.niterider.com/collections/taillights   

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    My impression is that the back of the bike need only have a reflector.

    But it would serve you well to look up the law where you'll be riding, as well as what biking organizations recommend in terms of safety.

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