MassBike Lights Brigade

MassBike is on a mission to shine bright lights across the Commonwealth! Our Lights Brigade program is working to brighten up cyclists across Massachusetts by distributing sets of front and rear bike lights. Our volunteers flag down bicyclists without lights, who we affectionately call "ninja bikers", and hand out sets of bike lights to keep the riders safer and legal while biking at night.

In the past four years, we've purchased and distributed over 6,000 sets of front and rear lights to bicyclists of all ages and abilities. We have a long way to go until every rider is bright. Our generous donors ensure we have lights to distribute across the Commonwealth and every $10 raised gets us a set of lights for a bicyclist in need. We hope you volunteer or give generously today to brighten up riders in your community.

Help us brighten up cyclists in your community

Our Lights Brigade campaign depends on volunteers like you to distribute lights to bicyclists in your community! While we emphasize distributions during the dark winter months, you can host a Lights Brigade event at any time of the year.

Here are a few ways you can help:

Organize a street corner lights distribution

This is the classic Lights Brigade format where you choose a street corner or trail that's popular with bicyclists to hand out lights. Hosts usually spend about 4-5 hours including planning on these types of events. Hosts are expected to determine the date/location of their event, coordinate with MassBike to get lights & approve publicity, be the main contact for volunteers, and report back to MassBike about how the event went/send in any photos.

Ready to host? Click here to fill out our Lights Brigade Volunteer Form

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Host a distribution at your organization or event

Do you have a local event or community organization where you'd like to distribute lights? We'd love to have you host an event for bicyclists to pick up free lights. Hosts are expected to determine the date/location of their event, coordinate with MassBike to get lights & approve publicity, be the main contact for volunteers, and report back to MassBike about how the event went/send in any photos. 

Ready to host? Click here to fill out our Lights Brigade Volunteer Form

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Be a friendly face & help out a host

Our Lights Brigade hosts usually need a few extra volunteers to support their events. We recommend four people as an ideal team: one person to call out to bikers; one person to install lights; one person to take photos; one person to keep an eye out for the next rider. Most Lights Brigade distributions are a 1-2 hour commitment. By filling out the form below as a general volunteer, we'll add you to our volunteer list and give your contact information to local event hosts.

Want to be added to our Lights Brigade volunteer list? Click here to fill out our Lights Brigade Volunteer Form

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If you have any questions about volunteering with Lights Brigade or want to talk more about what hosting entails, please email us at [email protected]

Help us raise the funds necessary to get these lights out to riders

Every $10 raised gets us a set of lights to hand out. We won't stop until every biker is bright!

Join us in raising $3,000 (or more) for your region & fund at least 300 bicycle lights to be distributed in your community. Choose your region's fundraising page to fund lights for your community and donate below to support lights across Massachusetts today.

Make a recurring gift of $10 per month and you will keep a dozen cyclists bright throughout the year.

Donations to Lights Brigade will start/renew a MassBike membership for one year.

1. Amount

$

2. Your information

Contributions are tax deductible.

3. Payment information

$20.00