This week's BWL column provides a few simple safety rules for walking or biking after dark--be visible, be predictable, and be defensive.
For many, the idea of going for a bike ride or a good walk is a
daylight-only endeavor, thinking that nighttime is not the right time to
enjoy either of these pursuits.
The sun is going down, and you want to ride your bike? Follow a few simple safety rules. / Getty Images/iStockphoto
But this time of year, when the sun sets before the day is done for many of us, bikers and walkers should be prepared to take on the dark to ensure safe transit.
(Once the weather turns warmer, you may also want to consider biking or walking at dusk or later to take advantage of cooler temps, so these suggestions will apply then as well.)
Bike/ped safety at night requires many of the same rules as in daylight, with the admonition that less light makes them even more important to follow. Drivers can see less and have more to watch out for at night, so it’s important that bikers and walkers make the extra effort that keeps them safe.