I’m all for calling out people without lights, but this thread is a little silly.
From my experience, I see just as many cars driving around at dusk/night without headlights as I see cyclists without headlights. I’d rather all the cars have lights on, so that my reflectors actually do something should they happen to not see my obnoxiously bright lights.
I usually tell people “hey your lights are off” (thanks to Nick D for the idea) even if they don’t have any visible…rather than tell them to “get some lights”.
I see the thread as a helpful safety lesson. Why is it that we always say cars do it wrong to when we see something cyclist could improve on. Cars do it too is in this message board a lot. I think its great to give helpful safety advice and like my mom said I don’t car what anyone else does you do whats right.
i got my feathers ruffled one evening riding home down gold way when a cyclist yelled at me to ‘get some ‘f***ing lights.’ i have lights and i like to use them, but forgot them that morning as i was heading out the door for work. its one thing to be helpful, but its another to be condescending. that cyclist’s comment made me want to commit bike on bike crime. could have been my day working with the public though…
Ninja sighted Downtown, 7th St at Penn, northbound, evening of Sun 11/20, about 7:15. Male, beard, zip-up hoodie with a college shirt underneath. Everything black, no light either end, no reflector. It was dark and rainy, too. Just asking for trouble.