If you intend to use your bicycle while it is dark outside (defined as “the period from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise”), then you will need to equip your bike with lamps/lights that meet certain specifications. You must have a lamp on the front of your bike that emits a white light that can be seen from at least 500-feet away in darkness. On the back of your bike, you need to have a lamp that emits a red or amber light that is visible for at least 300-feet to the rear of the bicycle. Additionally, at least one of these lights needs to be visible for at least 200-feet from each side of the bicycle. VTL § 1236(a). You also need to have a bell or other device capable of being heard from at least 100-feet away. However, that device cannot be a siren or a whistle. § 1236(b).


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