Winter is the season when bicyclists, pedestrians, and pets are most at risk of vehicle collisions because the sun sets earlier in the evening while more drivers are still on the roads.
A disproportionate number of bicycle-car and pedestrian-car collisions happen in the dark.
The City of Lakeway urges bicyclists and pedestrians to take precautions when they go out on or near the roads, including wearing high-visibility clothing and reflective gear to alert drivers to their presence, especially at night.
Use lights and reflective tape and/or clothing to make sure you can be seen from the front, side and back. Just because bicyclists and pedestrians can see motorists, doesn't mean drivers see or expect them. And during the season of long nights, cyclists are often invisible in the shadows created by street and car lights.