#2 see if you can get the tax credit for biking to work http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/05/bicycle-commuter-credits.php
i think that it's just possible that bike riders who don't drive have no clue as to just how invisible they are to those of us who do drive -especially at night. i've found that cycling made me a better driver and driving made me a better cyclist.
HEAR HEAR!!! (see see!!)
I was just having a conversation about lights with someone (on my bike light giveaway recap):
Person asked: What were the peeps like who you stopped? I often wonder why some cyclists have no lights, when lack of money does not seem like an issue (based on how the person is dressed, the bike, etc).
I replied: Nearly every recipient was excited to receive a light. Few -I really don't know how many- didn't know the law required a light. Several people (at least 10) had lights but they were either lost, stolen, left at home, or the batteries died. I can only recall person who said, "No, thank you" after being asked if she wanted a free light. There may have been one other similar, polite refusal.
I then talked about how managing batteries (even rechargeable ones) is inconvenient. Then I mentioned that "this $30 Blackburn headlight is charged via a small solar panel on top AND by USB cord. USB is ubiquitous: you have a power source at home and at work. There's even a USB adapter that you can plug into your front dynamo hub."
Let's promote easy-to-own lights?
i totally agree on this bike light rally.... i honestly think A) people are lazy and self centered but, more so, B) people don't get the reasoning for lights. they think, "I can see without them", but what they're not thinking is "can others see me without them?". i perked up when riding past them and nicely suggest "time for some lights" or "light 'em up, friend".