Nocturnal Safety For The Urban Adventurer
BING! You reach for your phone.
HEY HEY, I'M IN TOWN FOR THE NIGHT. LOVE TO CATCH UP. MEET YOU AT THE OLD LOCAL @ 7PM?
A glance of the watch says you've got 30 minutes. Laughing with a bestie you haven't seen in ages versus sitting on the couch surfing Netflix for a series you haven't binged yet? You reply quickly.
HELLO! GREAT. YES, CAN DO. SEE YOU THEN X
A quick dash to the wardrobe to pull on your slim fit jeans, merino knit and leather jacket. You sass it up a little with sexy black leather ankle boots and bam – five minutes later and you are heading to the door.
It's dark outside and a mild 15 degrees. You weigh up your transport options. The bus you usually take just passed and Uber is surging. Without a second thought you grab your scarf and head for your bikes on the patio. Tonight is more of an upright commuter vibe than your slick road bike. The Old Local is just under 6 kms away so you'll be there in 20 minutes. Perfect.
On the shelf next to your bikes is the usual paraphernalia: helmet, lights and lock sit, plus some new, fashion-forward reflective gear.
Gear on, bike ready, you hit the night road with confidence to meet your friend.
Life of the Nocturnal Urban Adventurer.
Urban biking is growing in popularity every year, and fashion is catching up to meet the needs of the people who want to bike in style and safety.
As you roll into the Old Local, past the backed-up traffic, you check your watch – you’ve made good time. With a rush from the endorphins you’re pumped with excitement, bursting with that childlike joy that’s so often hard to find as an adult.
5 tips for riding at night with confidence:
Know your route and choose bike lanes where possible
Wear items with reflective properties
Invest in quality lights – front and back
Constant vigilance and make eye contact with drivers
Enjoy the thrill
Words & Images by: monkeysee