There are a few good reasons you might find yourself riding a bike at night: perhaps you commute for work, perhaps you enjoy the freedom of the road without all of the daytime traffic, or perhaps it's the only time of day you can get in the saddle and take your ebike out for a ride. Whatever your reason for being on the road at night, we've compiled a list of safety tips for all your night cycling needs.
Wear the Correct Gear
In low-light riding conditions, proper gear can keep you safe and protected. Wear a helmet first and foremost! Because we love you and want you to enjoy your ebike for a thousand years. That is why, for example, we recommend a helmet with lights! Increasing your visibility so that motorists can see you. Proper attire is also essential. Lighter colors and retro-reflective clothing are highly recommended. If possible, avoid wearing black because it is dark.
Rain, Rain, Please Leave
Roads can become slick and unpredictable during severe weather. It can also contribute to low visibility conditions for both motorists and cyclists, such as heavy rain on windshields or thick fog that can blur perception. Check the weather forecast before going out on your bike at night.
Check the Battery Life Again
You can save yourself a lot of trouble by taking a little time to prepare before each ride. Check to make sure your lights are working and that your ebike battery is fully charged. An additional Aventon battery is also a good idea. More power means longer headlight life and a greater riding range.
Understand Your Route
Knowing where you're going will help you get there. Knowing your route allows you to anticipate traffic, estimate time frames, and anticipate road construction ahead. Stick to streets with street lights so you can see potholes and bumps in the road.
Call a Friend
Another good practice is to let someone know where you are if you must ride at night. Check in with them both before you leave and after you arrive safely at your destination.
Proper Equipment Is Essential
Unexpected events can and will occur, sooner or later. Perhaps you had to stay late at work or your plans changed. These things occur. But, if you're a little prepared, you can save yourself a lot of trouble while also staying safe. If you get a flat in the dark, having a headlamp on hand will help illuminate the situation. Carrying necessary tools, such as a bike pump or spare tube, can help you get back on the road faster and safely.
Allow Your Light to Shine
Biking without a light at night is analogous to a pilot flying through a stormcloud without using their instruments. So turn on your lights when riding your bike at night! Maintain your visibility. Maintain vigilance. If your ebike lacks integrated lights, browse our selection of lights here. If you already have one, make sure it's charged. If your lights require them, bring extra batteries. If you don't already have reflectors, you should get some. This will increase your bike's visibility when riding in a more congested area during rush hour traffic.
THE ROAD RULES STILL APPLY
Remember that the rules of the road still apply when riding at night! Make the road safe to ride at night by doing your part!
Maintain Your Position
Because of low lighting or fatigue from a long day at work, the rules of the road are more important when biking at night. If possible, stay in the bike lane. It's the safest place to drive at night.
The Flow of Traffic
It's also a good idea to ride with the flow of traffic so that you're more visible to motorists and other cyclists. Even in well-lit areas, you must be aware of your surroundings, so stay alert and keep your eyes on the road.
Keep an eye out for speed limits as well. On flat surfaces, ebikes are faster than standard bicycles and are subject to local regulations.
Two is preferable to one. Especially at night when riding a bicycle. Two people means twice as many lights and twice as much visibility. Having another person with you can make riding more enjoyable and can be useful in an emergency.
TRIP INTO THE NIGHT
Being prepared will give you peace of mind as you ride out into the night this holiday season. Also! Remember to lock your bike. Someone can easily sneak up behind you and steal your bike. A bike lock can either prevent this or give them a run for their money. Now that you're ready, hop on your ebike and enjoy the night air.