Bright Gear, Dark Streets. Gear up with the latest Cycling Lights!
The first automobile crash in the United States occurred in New York City in 1896, when a motor vehicle collided with a bicyclist. Nearly 44,000 cyclists have died in traffic crashes in the United States since 1932; the first year in which estimates of cyclist fatalities were recorded. Today an average of close to 700 cyclists die each year as a result of a collision with an automobile of which 39% occurred between 6PM an midnight. More pedestrian collisions occur between October and February. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when standard time begins in the fall, the average number of fatal pedestrian accidents climbs 400 percent. For those who bicycle for exercise or commute on a bicycle in the evening or early morning may be putting themselves in danger. What you wear and how easily you're seen can mean the difference between a good workout and a trip to the ER. Reflective or hi vis clothing and the use of bicycle lighting can greatly improve your chances of not making a trip to the hospital. Be safe and make sure you can be seen.