Trend Spotting: Should we all be using lights in the daytime? | road.cc

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Should we ride with a rear light on during the daytime? Or perhaps we should go further and ride with both front and rear lights on even when the sun is shining?

We had a forum topic about this issue on road.cc a couple of years ago and what you might call a heated debate when Bontrager announced its Flare R rear light . . . designed specifically for daytime visibility, earlier in the year. . . .

Trek argues that using a light during the day makes sense because that’s when about 80% of cycling accidents occur (link is external).

Well, yeah, says your cynical side, but what percentage of cycling takes place during the day? Maybe that figure simply reflects the number of people on bikes during the daytime compared to the number who ride at night.

Trek also argues that, “Studies on accidents resulting in the fatality of a cyclist show that in 40% of all bicycle vs. car accidents, the victim was struck from behind.” (link is external)

That statistic is from the US. Put a light on the back of your bike, the argument goes, and you’re less likely to be one of them.

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