|We have a plethora of lights; these are all mine!|
In a New England winter, when it's dark and roads are slick, frosty, and I worry about keeping warm, well, I don't ride a bike. It's that simple.
But our hardy son is unaffected by adverse conditions and rides to school, everyday. And it's been recommended that he should have lights.
Hold on a minute. Easier said than done.
I'd be remiss, especially as a bike riding parent, if I'd never considered equipping his bicycle with lights. That's not the problem.
The problem is he's 12 years old and it's frigging cold here.
He has the gumption to get out there, but he's hellbent on getting to school before the bell sounds. So, I have not approached the lights issue with him. I know our son, obviously, and safety is, unfortunately, an afterthought. December and January are, quite frankly, the darkest period when lighting is cause for concern, and only in the late afternoon.
And then there's the issue of what kind of lights. Handlebar and rack mounts, where the lights would freeze for hours? (Every middle school kid should have a contentious gnome sitting on their shoulder.) The only solution I can think of is helmet and backpack lighting where items are taken indoors. But I'm not holding my breath that my son would remember to switch lights on and off.
The good thing is, it's plenty light out there in late January and the issue is behind us, for now. Thank goodness for his orange helmet!
Just stay on the sidewalks, kid, and watch out for cars. And quit telling me how many jumps you make on the way to school.