We'll be providing lights on Tuesday and Thursday evenings this October to unlit cyclists as they pass by in different locations across the city, and educating them on the importance of seeing and being seen at night.
As summer turns to fall, diminished daylight hours put a renewed emphasis on cyclists having proper lights and reflective gear on their bicycles to help ensure their safety. With this in mind, we run our Get Lit! campaign every October. Based on "Get Lit" from the Community Cycling Centre in Portland, we set up our orange tent in different locations around the city and flag down unlit cyclists as they pass, educating them on the importance of bike lights and providing them with a free set for a safe ride home.
Why is this important?
Without a light, you become invisible at night. With lights and reflectors, you can be seen again. Ontario law requires that bicycles be equipped with a front white light and either a rear red reflector or a rear red light, from half an hour before sunset to half an hour after sunrise. Lights, reflectors, reflective tape, and bright clothing help drivers and pedestrians see cyclists at night.
Thanks to the partnership with the City of Toronto, Cycle Toronto will double its impact this year by increasing the number of Get Lit! stations from four to eight. Locations will be undisclosed until the evening of each event and will be announced on Cycle Toronto’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. We are leaving the locations undisclosed this year to achieve the most impact on passersby as possible.
Our Street Smarts educational initiatives are funded by generous individuals and supported by our longtime partner CultureLink Settlement Services.