Q Now that it's getting darker in evening commutes, could you put out a warning to pedestrians and cyclists to PLEASE wear light colors?

I know black clothing is very fashionable, but the other day driving after dark I came around the turn on a residential street near my home and saw this tiny line of white moving in the roadway. I mean it was TINY. I slowed way down, turned on my high beams, and it was a man in all black clothing, black shoes and a black backpack.

The ONLY thing that alerted me was the backpack had a little bit of white reflective piping on it. Thank GOD for the piping and good eyesight or I would have never seen him until it was too late, even going 25 mph. This isn't the first time I've seen this sort of thing, but it was by far the most extreme. It's compounded by the fact that many pedestrians and cyclists are wired up to iPods and texting on phones, and not really alert to the world around them.

Martha Gregory

A Sometimes it's not the pedestrians who are at fault when out walking at night.

Q I was out walking my service dog the other night in a well-marked crosswalk. There are highly reflective "Stop for Peds in Crosswalk" signs in the middle of this crosswalk. My dog wears a vest with reflective tape on it.

She also has a lighted leash, which was blinking. I also wear a bright headlight. In other words -- we can both be s-e-e-n in the dark.

I had stepped off the curb and was smart enough to look to my left and zoom! Along came a car which certainly had plenty of time to see us.

Blinking lights, bright light on me, reflective tape, marked crosswalk, signs citing California law to "Stop for Peds." The driver went straight. My Labrador, Mimi, and I hope that dear person gets all the tickets she deserves.

Margie and Mimi-the-Service-Dog

A One night, Mrs. Roadshow and I were out for a night walk with our two golden retrievers wearing their flashing collars and Jan and I holding flashlights when we were almost run down in a lighted crosswalk.

Q Now that fall is upon us and we find ourselves driving after sunset, it might be a good time to remind your followers that they need to make sure their vehicle lights are on. I know that on many of the newer cars the headlights (and dashboard lights) may come on automatically, but not all drivers are aware that their taillights are not on unless they manually turn them on. When there is a fair amount of low fog, it's even more difficult to see cars driving in the dark without taillights.

R. Wesley Van Osdol

San Jose

A And ...

Q Now that the commute essentially starts in the dark, I would like to send out an early request for drivers' understanding as they see bright motorcycle lights approaching from behind. The operative word here is "see." In the dark, and let's not even get into dark plus rain and foggy windows, drivers can have difficulty picking out a single-beam motorcycle. So, many of us ride with beams on high.

So drivers, please don't get too upset. We're just trying to get home safely. Apologies in advance for the discomfort.

Mark Perez

Fremont

A Apology not needed.

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