There are several things pedestrians and drivers can do to avoid accidents as they enjoy the mild November temperatures through the weekend.
"If you want to get out over the holiday just remember it does get dark a lot sooner and it doesn’t get light until later, so you really want to be lit up," said Executive Director Brent Hugh of the Missouri Bicycle Federation . "You want to wear visible clothing."
The Missouri Bicycle Federation is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of bicyclists, walkers, runners, and trail users throughout the state.
It is a Missouri law for bicyclists to have a light on the front and back of your bike. Hugh says a light is a good idea for pedestrians too.
"We often think well I can see just fine, but it’s to help the cars see you and that’s why you need it in the front and in the back," Hugh said. "Turn it on even when it’s getting just a little bit dark. I’ve looked at people with the light they’ve got this wonderful light clothing and all this stuff and at dusk you look over and it’s just a bunch of shadows. You turn even the smallest little light on and it’s like a thousand times lighter it’s really, really amazing what a light does for you."
Hugh said when he personally bikes he gets more clearance from cars at night when his light is on than during broad daylight.