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This year the City of Durango's Multimodal Division is launching an educational campaign with tips on how to safely share the road -- for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and motorists. 

Monthly tips are featured in the Momentum e-newsletter.

April's Share the Road Tip: Wear Lights at Night! (And a helmet!) 

Spring is here, and the warmer weather and longer days provide plenty of opportunities for great riding, running and hiking in the San Juans -- even at night

Bike or bikeWe encourage you to enjoy the night hours by bike or foot, but don't forget to take your lights out with you! And when cycling, don't forget your helmet. Brighter LED lights are lightweight and easy to carry. Take a trip to one of our local bike shops, and for less than a tank of gas, your bike can be transformed into a fun and safe nighttime transportation vehicle. 

In Colorado, state statutes provide guidance as to the usage of lights and reflectors. At all times between the official sunset and sunrise, lights and reflectors are required (C.R.S. § 42-4-204).

As to the minimum necessary equipment in order to legally ride at night, C.R.S. § 42-4-221 requires the following:

  1. A white headlight on the front of your bike that is visible for at least 500 feet;
  2. A red reflector on the back of your bike that is visible to low-beam car headlights from at least 600 feet away; and
  3. Either reflectors on both sides of your bike that are visible to low-beam car headlights from a distance of 600 feet, or a lighted lamp visible from both sides from a distance of 500 feet.

These types of “safety lights” and reflectors are designed primarily to allow you to be seen by others, rather than for the purpose of providing lighting for you to ride. There are a number of factors that help determine whether you will need additional and/or more powerful lighting than what is minimally required.

If you are riding in urban settings, or within a small town, there very well may be adequate ambient lighting from streetlights, homes and businesses that would allow you to safely travel at casual speeds to and from your destination with nothing more than what is minimally required.

Is night the only time when a cyclist is required to use a light?

No. Under law, lights must be used during certain types of bad weather, too. The lengthy explanation: "Every vehicle upon a highway within this state, between sunset and sunrise and at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of one thousand feet ahead, shall display lighted lamps and illuminating devices as required by this article for different classes of vehicles, subject to exceptions with respect to parked vehicles."

Let's all do our part to to safely share the road! Read the April Momentum e-newsletter.

Read more from our Share the Road Education Campaign! 

March's Share the Road Tip: Motorists, Focus on Driving. Distracted driving is increasingly becoming one of the biggest hazards on our roadways. Read more.

February's Share the Road Tip: Safety Starts at the Bus Stop. 
The greatest risk to your child is not actually riding a bus, but approaching or leaving one -- especially at a bus stop. Read more.

January's Share the Road Tip: Respect the Sharrow.
 A sharrow is a shared-lane marking indicating where a bicyclist has the right to ride. They can be seen along many Durango streets. Read more.

If you have a road story you'd like to share, please email .