As autumn sets in, so do Norway’s long, dark nights and mornings. Police in Oslo have been out in force during the early commuter rush, ticketing cyclists who lacked lights on their bikes.
“When we transition into autumn, folks have to get used to new routines,” admitted one regretful cyclist, Henning Moe, to newspaper Aftenposten. “You don’t always think about how it’s suddenly dark outside, and it’s easy to forget lights.”
He was among many stopped and fined by Oslo police last week in a major morning control around Majorstuen. Moe actually had lights mounted to his bike, but forgot to turn them on as he cycled from Slemdal to Bjørvika. That cost him NOK 1,200 (USD 133).
Hilde Aamodt, who had cycled to work from Kolsås in Bærum in to Oslo was also stopped at Majorstuen, and fined NOK 1,200. She didn’t have lights on her bike, and was unhappy because she claimed she was “cycling for the environment” and it was discouraging to be punished, “but I’ll buy them now,” she told Aftenposten.