Last evening, driving home (in my car) westbound on Lawrence from Lincoln Square toward Milwaukee, it was already dark. I was counting the bicyclists I saw, in both directions. For a 20 minute ride in a car I counted 8 cyclists total. Only one had lights on his/her bike. The other 7 had no lights, none whatsoever.
I don't know how to get the message out. We all know that we need lights in order to be seen. It's very difficult to see a bike in the dark when it has no lights on, even when the driver is paying attention, let alone distracted. The Chicago vehicle code requires a headlight, and a rear reflector, but for all practical reasons, on a city street, one really needs a tail light above all else.
I really think the majority of those not using lights are not aware of Chainlink and do not communicate with other cyclists regarding bike safety. I regularly ride down Lawrence at the end of the day, and rarely see anyone else with lights on.
By riding the wrong way on a one way street??
Or maybe the car is parked on the wrong side of the street? But it doesn't look good for you.
Ha! There would be a lot of cars parked on the wrong side of the street if that was the case. ;-)
Every have anybody tell you the light's too bright and you should turn it down?
I would imagine your Philips light meets European road regulations about the amount of light it cuts off vertically. so if properly adjusted shouldn't blind anyone any more than a car headlamp.
Sadly, it's a lost cause. Just like you'll never convince some idi... I mean, some people to stop (or at least slow down) at stop signs, yeild to pedestrians (even with children), obey red lights, or wear helmet. Because freedom! A very, though not uniquely, American (collective) personality trait: I do whatever I want, and if what I do inconveniences you, go fuck yourself.