Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 4, 2013
Safety Pam here with your annual reminder: Light up!
Now that we’ve moved our clocks back and days are getting shorter, more of us are out bicycling, running or walking when it’s dark.
Please remember that it may be hard for motorists - and other cyclists or runners - to see you.
Your best defense? Wear something neon-colored with reflective trim. Light yourself up like a Christmas tree. Do everything you can to make yourself highly visible.
Every morning when I pedal to work, I pass other athletes out getting early morning exercise. Too many of them are dressed in dark colors, without lights to make them visible. Several times, I haven’t seen someone walking or running in the bike lane until I’m almost upon them. Not good!
Some folks do realize the danger.
My commute to Rollingwood Pool from Allandale frequently overlaps with that of another cyclist, who I’ve dubbed "Extremely Illuminated Guy." He’s like the rolling Zilker Park Christmas tree, with red and white blinkies and flashers all over his bike and body. And there’s another guy who uses a leash bristling with bright green lights to walk his dog.
I’m paranoid about it. I’ve attached two white headlights (one flashing, the other solid) to the front of my bike and two red tail lights (one flashing, the other solid) to the back. Plus wear an annoyingly bright neon pink vest when I bike to work. My running uniform includes a brightly colored shirt with reflective trim and a pair of Knucklelights, which strap onto my hands and light my way.
Do motorists a favor: Light yourself up.