Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
I do it, evening shift, nights and mornings. As everyone says the traffic is much calmer but you need lights and reflectors. Be careful of the fatigue factor though, i think i fell asleep the other day, was riding slowly down the footpath and just dumped it for no apparent reason. Night shift is the main culprit but riding in the dark is just that little bit more challenging than broad daylight too.
did the looong shift for years as a cafe owner...7 days, in (AT) 6.30 out at 11/midnight for about 7 years. found fri/sat nights (cruise nights for ricers/hoons/bogans) the worst. I used to find a back street on these nights for my 11 k commute. hit once in AM by T junction runner. claim a lane and 1/2 a dozen blinkies (change the batteries once a month) works well. good luck.
We do ten hour days and 14 hour nights, coming home from a night shift can be a huge struggle sometimes with fatigue and all. Sometimes I'll have a quick nap before leaving so that I'm a bit more perky, as most of the ride home is hard shoulder on 70kmh roads.
Getting up early before a day shift is a bigch sometimes, but I just got a 900 lumen light from cell for $100, so that should help a lot.
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