Tonight, I rode home from work illegally and got away with it. But deeply regretted it. I pride myself in being a very by the book rider, if a bit pusher with cars than most cyclists. But this was a huge oversight on my behalf.
I was working a bit later than I usually do and the time flew by. When I looked up, it was way past my usual home time. Whilst I was packing up and getting ready to leave, I realised I didn’t have my lights set. It was on my other bike! Noooo! There was a bit of light left and I thought I would be fine. When I left, only a few cars had their lights on. But by the time I got home, it was all cars with their lights.
So, I was wearing a white business shirt, had reflectors on the handlebar, seat post, wheels, on my bag, on my helmet, on my ankle cuffs and was riding in a fairly well lit area with street lights.
But what really burned me up was the possibility of that if anything had gone wrong and a driver had pulled out and hit me and stated that they didn’t see me that there would have been a remote possibility that they might have been right. Even though they probably didn’t look or care to look or give way and I was wearing hight visibility everything and riding in a well lit area that I had given them a plausible excuse for getting out of their driving responsibilities. I was angry at myself to allow such a thing to happen.
So a cautionary tale. Always bring you lights!