Commute by cycle? Keep an eye out for free bike lights this winter


Starting Tuesday, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition is handing out free bike lights to commuters who are going without.

The project, called “Operation Firefly,” aims to equip bikers throughout the city with lights during the winter season where longer nights may mean more cycling in the dark.

A team of volunteers will head to undisclosed locations from now through early March in order to reach those who use their bike as their main form of transportation. Around 3,500 lights will be given out this season.

“We’re trying to get these lights to the people who really need them, and we found the best way to do that is not to tell anybody we’re coming,” said Dana Variano, communications director at the Coalition.

But for one night, cyclists are given a heads up on where to grab some lights: The project’s kickoff event on Tuesday night will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and the Orange Line bike path.

The reason most lightless bikers keep commuting without them, Variano said, is because theirs were stolen, they stopped working or it just isn’t a priority in their expenses.

Regardless, Variano warns all bikers and drivers to be extra alert when on the road.


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