Recently I brought up an idea on social media to get bike lights on the bicycles of everyone in Ontario. I’ve witnessed far too many people riding in the dark with no lights, that I am concerned truly for their safety. Turns out this isn’t a new idea! The Toronto Cyclists Union apparently already does this locally. However, there doesn’t seem to be a regional initiative to get this done. I propose Waterloo Bikes takes the lead on this, and I believe Graham has already given a blessing on this to put the Waterloo Bikes name on it.
I have already contacted Melissa Durrell, a City of Waterloo Councillor who has shown interest in assisting. I think this needs to be a fairly easy initiative to get off the ground. I’ll be contacting local bike shops to consider donations towards this cause. We don’t need fancy expensive lights, but a basic battery powered one white and one red would work. I know MEC has some good but cheap ones too! Once we have a good amount to give out, we can simply put the information out there via social media and perhaps traditional media (via our friend Bill Bean at the Record perhaps) and start giving them away! I am happy to be a distributor in Kitchener and at the University of Waterloo. Perhaps others would assist in their own places in Waterloo and Cambridge and other areas to assist in getting these out there. Additionally, I am considering stopping people on bikes with no lights and pulling them out of a bag to give to them on the spot!
Anyone else have suggestions on how to go about getting a ton of lights to give out and getting them out there?