It was only a few weeks ago that we set our clocks back, and already it is nearly dark by the time the workday is over. It’s easy to forget that it’s only 6 p.m. which can be dangerous for pedestrians and bikers. When you’re driving home from work, remember that it’s still possible that people are walking or bicycling alongside the road.

For those who are planning to be out walking or riding a bike when it gets dark, it’s important that you take the extra steps to make sure you’re still visible. Try to avoid wearing all dark colors. Make sure there are multiple reflectors on your bikes, including the pedals, so drivers can see you from a distance. Walkers should look for jackets or clothing with reflective strips and carry a flashlight. The swinging motion of a light is an easy way to alert people to your presence.

Walkers should also always use crosswalks and never walk across the middle of a roadway. Those who are driving should pay extra attention to the sides of the road and crosswalks and be aware that it’s harder to see pedestrians during this time of year.

Before we know it, the hot weather and long days will be here again. Enjoy the cooler weather while it lasts, but please remember the risks that come with nighttime beginning before dinnertime.