With Daylight Savings Time ending on Sunday we're all going to be biking in the dark more. But at least now you can have lights on your bike to avoid tickets (and being run over). And they're free. And hopefully nicer than the one pictured here.
Cyclists who are caught riding in the dark without a light have to pay $72 to the state — a $15 fine, and a $57 processing fee.
Lights are expected to be available on from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday [the 30th?] on the Custis trail adjacent to Lee Highway between North Lynn Street and Fort Myer Drive.
BikeArlington Program Manager Paul DeMaio said about 45 accidents involving cyclists take place in Arlington each year.
He said he did not have an exact number of how many Arlington residents commute to work on a bicycle, but that it is well above the national average of 1 percent.
Compare this to the post about the sign asking cyclists to not park in the tree box. Instead of just saying what people shouldn't do (park here, ride without a light), it's a proactive solution - giving possible violators an easy alternative. That's good government.