So my mother and I were parked on Milwaukee between California and Washtenaw tonight and decided to count how many people had bike lights. We were sitting there for only about 10 or so minutes and we counted 7 people without bike lights and 4 with.
We were looking behind our car through the rear view mirror and the only thing that made us notice the people without lights was the movement of their legs.
I must say though if I was pulling out or something and checked to see if it was clear behind me I'm not sure I would have noticed a biker without lights!
Please consider getting lights! Back and front!
City of Chicago Bike site now has a video on bike lights. Good viewing.
The Active Transportation Alliance distributed over 500 headlights to people seen riding without headlights. We have many ways to encourage people bicycling to use lights. Not all of them are in use.
Some helmets have built-in lights, like the Lazer Urbanize (but this thing costs $80-$100!).
Michael A said:
why not built into helmets?
The responding police officer would most likely interpret the ordinance. Or a judge if it went that far.
Get the cheapest compliant headlight you can find and mount it on your handlebars. No more worrying.
How does the law apply if I don't have a head light on my bike but I do have a head light on my head?