Doorpath asked in SportsCycling · 1 month ago

does the rear light on a bicycle need to be red?

I lost my red rear light.  I have an extra white front light that I can place on the rear of my bike.  If I do this and ride at night, can I get stopped and ticketed?  Or does it not matter what color the light is?

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  • 1 month ago

    Front = white (red isn't bad, though unusual) 

    Rear = red (NEVER white, especially if high powered LED)

    Sides = yellow 

    Yellow = ideally SIDE use only but, 360 all around is acceptable

  • D50
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    I'm sure that anywhere in the English-speaking world, the rear light is required to be red by law. That said, no American cop will care unless he wants to hassle you for some other reason.

  • 1 month ago

    I do use red light and make sure it flashes so vehicles can see me assuming I'm not going normal speed.

  • pmt853
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In the UK the rear light should always be red, that way other road users know it's the back of your bike not the front!

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  • 1 month ago

    Common sense should tell you the lights must be red.  White lights would blind a vehicle operator who's directly behind you.  On a motor vehicle the only rear white lights that can be on it are back up lights when going in reverse. 

    Source(s): Motorized Bicycle Owner and Builder.
  • 1 month ago

    Rear facing lights must be RED.  Bicycles are legally defined vehicles.  Therefore, the same rules apply to bicycles as it would a motorized vehicle.  

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    IF so, that would be a local law ............................................

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