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Help Us Hand Out Lights and Reflectors


Pretty soon, it will be dark before 5pm. That means lights and reflectors will soon be essential to being seen and staying safe on the road.

Trimet is getting the word out about the importance of visibility with their annual Be Seen Be Safe event on November 5th.

This year’s event, however, is citywide.

Rather than have fashion shows and bike parades in Pioneer Square as they have in the past, they’ll be partnering with organizations like the BTA to hand out lights and reflectors at locations citywide.

The BTA’s Be Seen Be Safe station will be on the east end of the Steel Bridge at Peace Park by the bike signal during the evening rush hour. We need some cheery volunteers to run the station and sling some visibility form 4pm-7pm.

We’re looking for people who want to:

  • Wear warm, highly-visible clothes.
  • Load a trailer up with the BTA tent and table plus a bunch of lights and reflectors (provided by Trimet).
  • Bike that trailer over to Peace Park at the east end of the Steel Bridge.
  • Set up and hand out lights and reflectors to bicyclists and pedestrians until 6:30pm.
  • Bring everything back to the BTA office.

Is that you? If it is, SIGN UP to volunteer. POSITIONS FILLED!

Volunteers who help us during the Be Seen Be Safe event can stop by the BTA’s 1st ever First Monday Happy Hour at Velo Cult for a free drink of their choice.



Comments (2)

  1. Keith Shirley Permalink  | Oct 31, 2012 01:35pm

    Do you know what the reflector requirements are in Oregon? Many of us have scratch-built bikes with no reflectors. Specifically, can reflector tape be used in place of the conventional plastic disks? Is red required for the rear or can we use white in all directions?


    PS Wondering if you ever need volenteers in the Medford area

  2. Carl Larson Permalink  | Nov 01, 2012 04:06pm

    Hi Keith.
    Here are some answers to your questions:

    ORS 815.280(2)(c):
    At the times described in the following, a bicycle or its rider must be equipped with lighting equipment that meets the described requirements:
    (A) The lighting equipment must be used during limited visibility conditions.
    (B) The lighting equipment must show a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front of the bicycle.
    (C) The lighting equipment must have a red reflector or lighting device or material of such size or characteristic and so mounted as to be visible from all distances up to 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlights on a motor vehicle.

    That’s the legal story. Practically speaking, though, you should have a rear light, not just a reflector. Some of my bikes have no reflectors at all — just lights and that’s okay. Of course, from a visibility standpoint, more is better. I particularly like tires with reflective sidewalls. You hardly notice them in the daytime but at night, they light up beautifully.

    As for volunteer opportunities in Medford, get in touch with Egon Dubois (egon@mind.net) or RVTD and ask how you can get plugged in to Safe Routes to School / Bike Safety Education work!