Bicyclists talk night safety at Full Moon Ride

Posted at 11:23 PM, Jan 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-24 19:27:11-05

Bike Bakersfield held its monthly Full Moon Ride Saturday and talked about ways to stay safe while riding at night.

The event begins at Beach Park and ends at the Marketplace. The riders coast around 10 to 12 MPH so that bikers of all ages and skill sets can ride together.

"The idea is for them to feel safe on their bikes riding in a group and hopefully they will feel safe enough to go out on the streets and ride," said Glenn Hammett, Board President of Bike Bakers
In regards to riding safely at night, Full Moon Ride participant James Tiede says it is best to have as many lights as possible.

"For visibility sake, that's really it. I run two, which kind of helps, and they both blink, so one hopes that while a motorist is driving along, they'll see two blinking lights and that will really get their attention," said Tiede.

Bakersfield has had its share of fatal bike accidents at night. \

Last month, a driver hit a bicyclist near Oswell Street and Virginia Avenue. The bicyclist died at the scene and the driver fled before police arrived. Police are still looking for the suspect.

Tiede said that when riding at night, it is important to not just rely on the lights.

"Just ride safely. Make sure you are aware," said Tiede.
"Where you don't have enough room on the right side of the road to be, I'll get out into a lane. I'd rather be in the middle of a lane, in the middle of someone's field of vision, then on the edge of it where they may not see me at all."