I have been PRAISED by cops in all three West Coast states, for having really conspicuous flashers on my bikes. My first rig was a 6" piece of aluminum angle across the back of my Blackburn rack with three Belt Beacons on it--this was my security blanket for a commute that included a few miles of Sunset Blvd. from Revere School into Pacific Palisades.
>From: Jerry Moos <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Re: Flashing (lights)
>Date: Wed, Oct 25, 2000, 8:54 AM
>I don't think 5% of US police even know what lighting is required on bikes.
>There are so few bike commuters in most of the US, the police hardly even notice
>us unless we are in an accident. If, as I hope, US bike commuting becomes more
>widespread, we can probably expect more active police enforcement of laws
>> In a message dated 10/25/0 10:26:50 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>> >Regarding the use of steady or flashing rear lights for Randonneur riding,
>> >the requirement is indeed a "steady" rear light. It is my understanding
>> >that this is for the comfort of following cyclist's.
>> The Highway Code in England strictly forbids flashing rear lights and I
>> understand that France is the same. Unlike the US, where the police tolerate
>> them, in England and France they don't.
>> Phil Brown