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Cyclists receive free lights at bike light checkpoint in SLO

Posted at 10:16 PM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 01:48:17-05

San Luis Obispo's police and public works departments held a bike light pop-up checkpoint.

With the recent time change, officials wanted to remind people it's especially important to use bike lights, wear reflective materials and to remember it's harder to be seen during the evening commutes.

They even gave out free bike lights.

"This is an event where you really feel like you're making a difference, and it’s one of my personal favorite events to do because you just get to see the smile on people's face when they get a pair of free lights rather than a violation,” said Adam Fukushima, active transportation manager with the City of San Luis Obispo.

“It was just what I needed. I was thinking about purchasing a new front light because, this one, the batteries are dying a lot and I don't have to anymore, which is great because I'm living on a college student budget,” Sarah Barsch, student.

A front bike light and rear reflector are required by law, otherwise there's a find of nearly $200.

A rear bike light is also highly recommended.