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Bike Light Giveaway

Now that we're deeply into fall and the mornings and afternoons are darker, bicyclists can take advantage of a program that is giving away bike lights in the District and Alexandria.

The "Got Lights?" giveaway starts today, and will continue next Tuesday and Thursday.

The program, supported by the District Department of Transportation, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and the City of Alexandria, among others, will give out 600 free front and rear bike light sets. Their goals are to make the recipients safer and to raise awareness of the need to be seen when cycling.

Over half of all cyclists killed are hit while riding at night without lights, WABA says, even though only 3 percent of bike riding is done at night.

The sponsors of the giveaway also will be handing out WABA's Safe Bicycling in the Washington Area guide and reminding people that D.C. and Virginia laws require cyclists to have a front white light and rear red reflector or red light when riding in the dark.

Today and Tuesday in the District, starting at 4:30, it's first come, first served at:
-- The Suntrust Plaza on the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW.
-- Sacred Heart Catholic Church near the intersection of 16th Street and Park Road NW.

For more information on the giveaways in the District, contact Eric Gilliland, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-518-0524,

In Alexandria, the giveaway will take place next Thursday, Oct. 30, starting at 5 p.m., on Commonwealth Avenue near Four Mile Run at Cora Kelly Elementary School, 3600 Commonwealth Ave. The Alexandria event is sponsored by WABA, the City of Alexandria, Wheel Nuts Bike Shop and BikeWalk Alexandria. Wheel Nuts Bike Shop will provide mechanical support.

For more information on the Alexandria event, contact Yon Lambert at 703-838-4966 x183 or

By Robert Thomson  |  October 23, 2008; 10:10 AM ET
Categories:  Biking , Events  
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