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Originally Posted by crazybikerchick
Any form of bicycling ending at sundown? That doesn't make for a bicycle being a very practical form of transportation does it? Cycling at night is quite safe with proper lighting. There is less traffic on the roads then and easy to spot people coming by headlights in your rearview mirror. However drunk (ie unpredictable) drivers are dangerous on the road at any time...
That said, while bike touring its nice to end early and set up camp before dark. But there are also unexpected circumstances that could make one have to do night riding which you should be prepared for lighting wise. Such as once due to a very intolerable campsite my touring partner and I packed up and left the campsite in the dark. Also not making it to your targetted place on time and not finding a suitable spot to stealth camp/find lodgings etc.
I only tour a few km in the dark.
- to get to next city
- to go to start point of a hiking trail (Mt. Moses, Adam Peak) so see the sunrise from the top
- to go home
once I wanted to cycle to my parents (230 km) at night. At 12 am I gave up. Drunk or too fast drivers on the minor roads (specially on a Friday evening). This was the first time I didn't felt safe on the bike and I gave up.
On Tour I want to see something - so the tour goes normally from sunrise to sunset.