2. Reflective Measures on the Side: Many bicycle accidents don't involve front or rear collisions but rather side impacts. Side areas are often not well lit. Enhance your side visibility by using reflective strips on your tires or rims, and consider reflective stickers on your bike frame. These stickers should be placed on the left side of the handlebars, as it's where they are most visible to oncoming traffic, especially since many roads drive on the right side. Additionally, you can attach "croc lights" to your shoes or helmet, as they are versatile and can improve your visibility.
3. Avoid Unfamiliar or Remote Routes: Riding on roads you're not familiar with can be dangerous, especially at night when you might struggle to navigate unfamiliar terrain. Additionally, some areas may have safety concerns. It's best to stick to routes you know well. If you must venture into less-frequented areas, consider carrying a whistle, which can startle potential threats with its high-pitched sound. Keep it easily accessible but not too close to your clothing.
4. Adapt to Road Conditions and Slow Down: Nighttime road conditions can be challenging to assess, even with streetlights. Some cyclists maintain their daytime speeds at night, but your reaction time to road conditions increases significantly in the dark. Be prepared to slow down, especially when encountering potholes or rough road surfaces. Maintaining a lower speed, around 70-80% of your daytime pace, is a safer approach.
5. Avoid Intense Training at Night: It's not advisable to engage in intense training rides at night, especially on hilly routes. Climbing slowly and descending rapidly can be risky, and racing with other cyclists can lead to dangerous situations. Instead, opt for leisurely rides on flat terrain and avoid mountainous routes.
By following these guidelines, you can enjoy safe and enjoyable nighttime cycling.