Lighten Up


When it comes to biking, safety is of the utmost importance. To educate and increase awareness about this issue, GoTriangle and its partners developed the Lighten Up campaign. 

Beginning when the days get shorter, our goal is to light up the night. We provide free LED lights (supply limited; first come, first served) to cyclists, pedestrians, and transit users. Additionally, our partners throughout the Triangle have worked with local bike shops to offer discounts on certain safety gear. 

Changes were made to NC's bike laws in July 2016:

  • Drivers can pass bicycles in no-passing zones if the motorist gives a berth of at least 4 feet and if the cyclist is not making a left turn. 
  • Effective December 1, cyclists must have a front and rear light – or wear a reflective vest or clothing that is visible from at least 300 feet to the rear. 
  • Clarified hand signals
  • Stiffer penalties for aggressive drivers.

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Rules of the Road

  • Be visible. Wear light-colored or reflective clothing and use both front and rear lights from dusk to dawn.
  • Ride defensively.
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Find a well-fitted bike.
  • Be predictable.
  • Use hand signals for turning:


Best Practices for Cyclists

  • Use a headlight and red rear light (or wear reflective clothing).
  • Watch for vehicles turning left or right, and entering or exiting parking spaces and driveways.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Don't ride with headphones practice defensive riding including proper hand signals. 

Best Practices for Pedestrians

  • It's safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.
  • At night, increase your visibility by carrying a flashlight and wearing light-colored or reflective clothing.
  • Transit users should also use a light to provide greater visibility, and when exiting a bus, be sure to cross behind it so motorists can see you.
  • Cross the street at a designated crosswalk.

Lighten Up, Chapel Hill
 GoTriangle thanks UNC Commuter Alternative Program and Department of Public Safety, GoChapel Hill-Carrboro, Bicycle Alliance Chapel Hill, and the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition for their dedication to bike safety.

Participating Bike Shops:

The Clean Machine - 104 W Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510 | 919. 967.5104

The Bicycle Chain - 210 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 | 919. 929.0213

Performance Bike - 1800 E Franklin Street, Eastgate Shopping Center, Chapel Hill, NC27514 | 919. 933.1491 - 403 West Weaver Street, Carrboro, NC 27510 | 919. 525.6135

Back Alley Bikes - 100 Boyd St., Carrboro, NC 27510 | 919. 967.7777


Lighten Up, Durham
GoTriangle thanks the Duke University TDM Program and BikeWalk Durham for their dedication to bike safety.

Participating Bike Shops:

The Bicycle Chain 5400 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707 | (919) 286-2453

Bullseye Bicycle - 102 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701 | 919-438-3883

Durham Cycles - 756 9th Street, Durham, NC 27705 | (919) 251-8103

Seven Stars Cycles - 104 W. Parrish St, Durham, NC 27701 | (919) 675-2435