August is finished and in Michigan we experience cooler evenings and we notice the days growing shorter.
After supper last night I wanted to go out for a quick hour ride. I left at 7:15 and the sun was still high above the horizon. A friend told me that after early August the Sun will not set after 8:00 until sometime into April. Now once the Sun sets there will be some twilight, but not for too long.
My helmet has a headlight mounted on top and there is a red light mounted on the back. These lights are on whenever I ride. I appreciate it when I see other riders with daytime running lights. These lights are just another way to be noticed.
On this evening's ride, I saw only one other bike rider with a light. The multi-use trail had many walkers. It was hard tor me to see these people. The pathway is well protected by trees along the sides and this causes dark areas. The path has many curves. Foliage along the sides also limits visibility.
I bicycle rider needs to adjust for changing situations and as a vehicle operator, we need to keep under control. An accident will harm everyone.
I remember seeing night time dog walkers in the neighborhood who would use a flashlight to signal their presence. Light and reflective clothing are very helpful.
It gets dark quicker now and leave on those after dinner rides prepared for sunset. This is the time of year I get stuck heading home in the dark. I have used by phone flashlight before in a pinch.
Enjoy your next evening ride with a light .
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Pacific Coast Highway