We’re always looking for ways to improve safety. When we came across similar lights on buses in Washington D.C., we wanted to try them out here. The hope was that they’d help other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians spot buses more easily — hopefully reducing the number of collisions.
We installed two lights apiece on 21 buses — each bus has front and rear-facing lights. The front light flashes when the bus is in motion, and the rear when the bus is slowing down or stopped.
The lights have now been on buses long enough to take a look at how they’re doing.
It’s not clear if the front-facing lights are preventing collisions. But it is obvious that many people don’t like them; we’ve received many more complaints than compliments.
At this point, we’ve turned off the front-facing lights on all 21 buses. We’re still evaluating the less-obtrusive rear lights, so they’ll remain in use for the time being.