BEND, OR -- Several Bend-area pedestrian and commuter groups have teamed up to raise awareness of the dangers of riding bikes or walking at night without proper lighting. Jovi Anderson with the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization tells KBND News there have been 12 pedestrian fatalities in the past 6 years in Deschutes County - the majority of those during low-light conditions. "It seems that the pedestrians, since they can see at night and they can see the roads and the cars, they just assume that they are seen as well. And having some sort of brightly lit light or protective gear really makes a huge difference, although it's not the social norm to wear bright clothes."
This afternoon, Cascades East Transit, Commute Options and other groups will hand out free lights and information at the Hawthorne Transit Station as part of the "See and Be Seen" campaign.