As the weather gets colder, it is important to remember that it will be getting dark outside sooner. With this being said, if you are a biker or runner, you should remember that safety is important when you are running or cycling after 6 p.m. It is also important for drivers to be alert behind the wheel so they are aware of any cyclists or runners.

Greg Harper of Harper’s Cycling and Fitness says, “You have to do the ABCs. Always have your lights on, be conspicuous, and wear contrasting colors.”

If you are a biker or runner, you should buy a light to wear on your bike, helmet, or clothing so cars or other pedestrians can see you. It is also helpful to wear bright colors. Wearing dark colors can make you harder to see when you are being active at night, and can make it difficult for vehicles to see you coming. The most important thing to remember is to be alert at all times. Whether or not you are a runner, cyclist or a driver, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and you are not distracted by other things.

It may seem unimportant to change clothing or buy a light for a 20 minute workout, but in the end it is more important to be safe rather than sorry.

The Voice of Muscatine wishes everyone a fun, safe fall.