I want to kick it off with something simple, and it doesn’t really get much simpler than this:
If you’re ever biking after dark, you need bike lights.
Might seem like common sense that being seen on the road is integral to safe riding, but I’ve seen loads of un-lit cyclists lately. Some are straight-up sans lights and others are just lit inadequately by feeble flashers (which can be obscured by even small shifts in posture) clipped to their backpacks.
At night, lights are even more important than helmets. I’m serious! Without lights, you’re effectively invisible!
And in the event of an accident, being invisible could cost you — big time. If a driver hits you at night and you didn’t have lights on, a jury’s likely to find you partially at fault. You could get nothing. Protecting your rights means being seen by other vehicles.