Tonight RIBike is going to Light Up the Night!



Tonight RIBike is going to Light Up the Night!

If you or someone you love are currently riding after dark without a front and rear flashing light you should really get yourself some. Flashing LED’s are essential for making you more visible to other road users when riding around the city. Even though streetlights make it seem as though a headlight is unnecessary to light your way, it can be difficult for drivers – even the undistracted ones – to see you until they are right on top of you. Do your part to make the roads more safe for cycling – get some lights.

From RI State Law:

§ 31-19-10  Lamps and other equipment on bicycles.
a) Front lamp. Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500′) to the front.
b) Rear reflector. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a red reflector of a type approved by the division of motor vehicles which shall be visible for six hundred feet (600′) to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet (500′) to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.

For those of you on a limited budget, RIBIKE – in partnership with Planet Bike – is promoting nighttime bicycle safety with Light Up the Night. Tonight from 5-7pm, RIBIKE volunteers will be installing Planet Bike LED light sets at two locations in Providence: Wickenden Street at Benefit and College Street at Market Square. Bring us your dark bike and we will light it up FREE! If you miss us tonight, similar lights can be found at your neighborhood bike shops at all levels to fit your budget.

In the future, we hope to expand this event to other neighborhoods in Providence and to surrounding towns throughout the State. As this is our first run at this, we have limited it to the East Side. Interested in getting your neighborhood Lit Up? Contact .


  • jackmadden
    Nov 23, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Last night's Light Up was a big hit. Nine RIBIKE volunteers installed 50 light sets on otherwise dark bicycles around College Hill and Downtown; and we got the word out to 50 cyclists about nighttime bike safety and RIBIKEs mission to put more educated cyclists on our streets.

    Big thanks to the volunteers and to Mother Nature for giving us a great evening!

  • Nov 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Wish I could have been there, ended up in bed @ 8pm, having caught whatever the latest bug my little ones brought home. Any pictures?

  • Barry
    Nov 25, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Jack, congratulations on pulling off a really good constructive event! I'll try to let more folks know about this so maybe others will be willing to help in the future as well as be more aware of the need for light if they ride.

  • Margherita
    Nov 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Jack Madden is very modest, but he was instrumental in getting the gear and organizing us to find and illuminate the night riders! What a great cycling and civic leader! Way to go Jack and thanks for all the support you provide for cycling and cyclists.

  • Nov 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    He's even more modest than you might realize… he is the person responsible for cutting the deal with Planet Bike and his shop, Legend Bicycles, sponsored and covered the costs of the event!

  • jackmadden
    Nov 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    At the risk of being accused of modesty again, the Light Up the Night event is just me and the shop pulling our weight. The rest of the year, there are many others in the RIBIKE crew who do at least as much to get 'r done at the other events we sponsor (Bike to Work Day, Outdoor Demo, Roller Races) not to mention all the RIDOT meetings, etc., when I or other members of the group might not be not so available. I think that as a group, we make a pretty good team. That being said- thanks for the shoutouts!