Last night was a stealth trial for a new program called "Bright Reno Lights", that gives out free bike lights to people who need them. It's housed under the Nevada Bicycle Coalition and includes organizations like the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), and Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).
We set up from 4 - 6:30 at the downtown bus station to try to catch people who use their bikes as their primary source of transportation along with the regional bus system. Our target number was to distribute 25 light sets during that time. I had to leave a bit early, but we were well on our way 12-15 sets installed when I left (UPDATE: We gave out all 33 and 8 helmets and there was a line at the end....even with it raining!).
There are only a few rules (mainly to make sure our lights don't just end up on craigslist within 24 hours). You must have the bike with you when you request the lights. We must install the light set on site. You have to give us some basic information about yourself (which doesn't even include your name, email, or telephone number)...just statistical stuff! Other than that, it's a no strings attached bike lights program.
Here's what you get!
And here's a few pictures of the crew hard at work and some of the happy recipients.
|The first installation completed!|
|Yep, you can definitely see them....even in the daytime!|
|Did I mention that we have free helmets too!|