Cyclists who don’t have lights on their bikes are invited to come to one of two Evanston locations on Thursday, Oct. 1, to have one installed.

The event is designed to promote bicycle safety in Evanston.

“Pedal Bright” will provide bicycle safety information and help cyclists increase the visibility of their bikes as the days get shorter during the fall and winter seasons.

Teams of volunteers will install a limited number of free bicycle lights, distribute city bike maps, and provide a quick tutorial on the rules of the road for bicyclists.

Bicycle lights will be installed while supplies last on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., at the Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St., and at the Weber Arch at Chicago Avenue and Sheridan Road on the Northwestern University campus.

Lights will only be installed on bicycles without lights; lights will not be handed out to individuals without bikes.


Illinois law requires that every bicycle when in use at nighttime be equipped with a front lamp capable of emitting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet, and a red reflector on the rear visible from 100 to 600 feet.

A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to a red reflector.

Partners with the city in this event are the Evanston Police Department, Northwestern University Associated Student Government, NorthShore Evanston Hospital, Evanston Township High School, Evanston Bike Club, Downtown Evanston, Wheel and Sprocket, and the Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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