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Shift’s “Get Lit” program shines bright

Posted by on November 1st, 2005 at 12:01 am

shiftlightprogramThanks to grants from The Community Cycling Center and ODOT, Shift volunteers (seen here assembling lights) installed 191 free headlights and tailights on bikes in Portland this past summer. The $1600 grant was matched with $629 in donations.

With a generous discount from Planet Bike, Shift gave away $6494 worth of lights. Here’s a quote from the man behind it all, Jeff Bernards:

“The lights helps keep a positive & safe image of cycling as a practical alternative to driving everywhere…Making cycling visible (with lights), will only encourage its acceptance by a greater part of the population.”

This program has gone so well that Portland Police will soon be passing out free lights to cyclists too.

Great work Jeff, hope to see this program continue next year.

(Photo courtesy of Jeff Bernards)

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Great project, folks! I always cringe when I see cyclists riding at night w/o lights, fearing that I will read about them in the paper the next morning. Keep up the good work!


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Tracy Bloom

I’m interested in initiating similar program here – how did you set this up? Please ask Get Lit folks to contact me. Thanks!

Jonathan Maus

Hi Tracy,
Glad to hear you’re interested in Get Lit. The man behind the program is Jeff Bernards. I’ll email you his contact info. Best of luck!

Amanda Woodall

Hi Jonathan,

I am also interested in initiating a similar program in my community. Could you send me Jeff Bernards’ info as well?