When Philly Bike Share goes online this spring, the bicycles will offer a unique feature: Pedal-powered lights. The idea? Safety.
Pennsylvania law already requires bikers use lights during the night, but Alex Doty, executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, said Americans have a cultural blindspot when it comes to bike lights.
“We have a real failure in this country to adequately light up people on bikes,” Doty said. “We focus on helmets, and we don’t focus on the lights. And the lights are a really important part of preventing crashes.”
A 2013 Danish study shows the lights reduce bicycle accidents by 19 percent, Newsworks reports.