CU Police offer free bike lights, encourage nighttime riding safety

As Daylight Savings Time ends in two weeks and the days get shorter, the University of Colorado Police Department would like to encourage the campus community to use lights while riding bikes at night.

Riding in the dark without a light is both unsafe and illegal. Boulder law requires all cyclists traveling between sunset and sunrise to equip their bikes with both a mounted front white light and a rear red reflector. The fine for riding without proper lighting is $50.

CU, City of Boulder, Community Cycles and local businesses are teaming up for the fifth annual “Lighten Up Boulder” safety campaign to encourage the use of bike lights. The campaign offers 10 percent to 20 percent discounts on select bike light accessories at participating Boulder businesses. For more details and a coupon good through Nov. 14, see http://bit.ly/BoulderBikeLightCoupon.

But you also have a chance to get a bike light for free. This week, CU Police will be giving away 5 CatEye LED lights. Here’s how to win:

  • Follow us on the CU-Boulder Police social media pages, where we offer crime alerts, crime prevention tips and other safety information you should know.
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/CUBoulderPolice. "Like" us on this page and leave a comment on our bike light giveaway post on why riding with a light is important to you.
  • Twitter: www.twitter.com/CUBoulderPolice. Follow us and send a tweet with @CUBoulderPolice in the message and tell us why riding with a light is important to you.
  • You must be a current CU-Boulder student and not a past CU Police safety campaign award winner. The contest ends at 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.
  • We’ll pick five winners.

Good luck and stay safe! For more bike safety tips, see http://bit.ly/CUBikeSafety.

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