The City of Evanston is organizing an event that will offer 400 free bike lights to cyclists at two locations on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Teams of volunteers will install the bike lights at the “Pedal Bright” event, distribute city bike maps and provide a quick tutorial on the rules of the road for bicyclists from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., and at the Weber Arch at Northwestern University, Chicago Avenue at Sheridan Road.

Lights will only be installed on bicycles without lights and 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.

This event is sponsored by the city, Northwestern University, the Evanston Bike Club, Wheel & Sprocket, Downtown Evanston, Active Transportation Alliance, Roycemore School and The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices.

For more information about the event, contact Cindy Plante at 847-448-4311 or

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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