Commuter Bikes Manufacturer, Linus Bike, Evaluates Debate on Lighting Bike Paths

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Linus Bike responds to an article published by The Daily Page which outlines a debate concerning lighting the Southwest Commuter Path in Wisconsin.

On January 16, Linus Bike provides commentary on an article published by The Daily Page which argues the merits and mistakes of installing lighting on the Southwest Commuter Path in Wisconsin.

The Daily Page shined light on a debate that divided advocates and opponents of setting up light fixtures on the Southwest Commuter bike path. The article claims that the debate is balanced with no discernable majority arguing in favor or against lighting modifications to the bike path. The debate over the new lighting was described as remaining civil among debaters.

Each side of the debate is summarized and presented, highlighting the main points of each position. According to the article, supporters of putting up lights along the bike path, including the [Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, primarily argued the point that lights had a direct correlation to safety. Supporters stated arguments that built on the idea that a well lit path would allow bikers to see where they are going and give off a general look of safety. The article states that the opposition essentially argued the polar opposite. The article quotes a number of people that debunked lighting as being a necessary measure. Having no history of crime, well maintained paths, and temporary blinding caused by lights would bring no measurable benefit.    

The article concludes open ended, reporting that the debate has not reached a verdict. Both sides are said to be given an additional opportunity to argue their cases.

Linus Bike representative, China Reevers, offers a commentary on the debate of lighting up the Southwest Commuter Path. “The debate going on over whether or not to install lights on the Southwest Commuter Path in Wisconsin is tricky business. On the one hand, a properly lit area could definitely support safety. Nobody wants to be the victim of a path obstruction or opportunistic malcontents. On the other hand, the park already seems to be a clean and safe area. I also understand that there are real risks involved in putting up insufficient lighting. While good lighting can easily guide a biker along the path, asking one’s eyes to frequently adjust between lit areas may contribute to an avoidable accident.” Reevers wraps up the commentary with one additional piece of input. “I think the important thing to acknowledge here is people are discussing the issue. While people are divided on the lights, it sounds like everyone is arguing in favor of safety for those using commuter bikes and bikes for leisure, and that is the right way to go.”

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for those who have a fondness for European style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.

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