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Be Seen Be Safe


Photo of woman with blinky light on hatWhether you're walking, riding transit or biking, you want to be seen. With Daylight Savings Time ending this Sunday, November 4th, it's time to make sure that lights and reflective gear are part of your daily fashion statement.

If you're on foot, there are a lot of small, inexpensive clip-on lights that attach to your to your bag or jacket. If you're waiting for the bus at a dark stop, waving your cell phone is a great way to get the driver's attention (but don't shine a light in the driver's eyes).Bag with reflector attached

If you're biking, you can pay a little or lot to illuminate your way. Oregon law requires a front white light that is visible from 500' and a red, rear reflector or light that is visible from 600'.

Some bike shops offer a front and rear light packet at one reasonable price. If you enjoy researching your purchases, the Internet is full of reviews, here's a sample of surveys of front lights and rear lights.  If you're ride involves extra dark portions of road, you might want to consider a halogen light that really lights up the road.  Improved technology has brought prices down to around $100.

And regardless of how you're getting around, be alert and watch for others.




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