BUSTED - our commuter bike gets a police inspection
The police are doing their usual spring bike-law-compliance blitz, and one of these activities involves inspecting bikes for the legally-required set of reflectors.
First, let is say that we ride at night with front and rear lights, and we wear a reflective jacket or vest. Because bike riding at night is hugely more dangerous than in the daytime. And visibility is safety.
How did we do? Well, since we had none of the required reflectors, we failed. but we showed the policewoman our lights and told her that we use reflective clothing at night and she let us go without any penalties, although, as always, it is useless to try to argue or discuss obeying the spirit vs the letter of the law with any member of the police force.
We wonder, however, why this sort of safety blitz doesn't occur at night time, when the need to have reflectors is a bit more evident than in the middle of the day.
We note that many bikes do not come from the manufacturer/store with the legally required set of reflectors Why is this? Because it isn't cool for fancy bikes to be safe!