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Trail lighting. Even along the Custis, which has some lights, the debris in the dark can be a problem, though I use a 600 lumin headlamp and weaker handlebar lamp. I feel the lights there are placed more to deter crime than for seeing where you're going. The other morning I used some of the W&OD and noticed there were no lights at all on that portion. Last night coming back from DC United after 11:00, the MVT was pretty rough in the dark with the root heaves and overgrown edges (and going in against the car headlights was something I had not experienced before and would prefer not to again). Traffic engineers do all these things for motorist safety, but there's not a similar focus for trails, even in a place like Arlington; I suppose I wouldn't expect more for the mode share, but if they're interested in building it...

I'm early enough that I've been in the dark in the morning for more than a month now; with the change, I'll briefly see some sunrises again. The positive side is the afternoon commute, which I feel is more dangerous because there's more traffic, is never completely dark for me. Unless we shorten work days, there's no way not to commute in the dark. I'd love to shorten the work days.

I have noticed the root bumps and other pavement irregularities are getting really bad on the MVT between Roosevelt Island and 14th St. And no lighting on this section.

I was following behind someone the other night on the CCT who had weak lights. He juked to avoid something on the trail, I didn't have time to react, and I was down before you can say "Class 1 E-bike".

A big problem on the trails at night is bikers, joggers, and walkers without lights or even any reflective clothing. I can catch most of them with my headlight before it’s too late, but sometimes it’s a close call, especially with stealth bikers coming from the opposite direction. If you’re on the trails at night, GET SOME LIGHTS! Front and back. Same goes if you’re walking or running. And pls no front flashers while you’re on the trails—they are obnoxious and don’t help you see anything. Even better, get a front light with a European type light cutoff so you don’t blind all your fellow trail users.

What's the difference between "extending daylight savings year round" and never switching at all?

When I became a 3-season commuter the shift back to regular time was my signal to cease cycling for the year. The shock was too great.

If there was no time shift then losing a minute or 2 of daylight in the evening easy day might have been gradual enough to keep me cycling longer into the season.

Also, the earliest sunset occurs around Dec 6th so light for the evening commute starts improving well before the worst of Winter weather has set in.

For the last 8 years I've seen this same ninja jogger on the Custis most mornings. She always wears all black and has a cap she pulls down over her eyes so that peoples' lights don't bother her. Thing is, without the bright light, I might not see her. (I do turn my headlight aside when it's safe to do so.) But I don't worry about it too much, and she was nice enough to check that I was okay when I wiped out on the ice once. People are going to do what they're going to do.

If daylight savings time has ended, is it now daylight spending time? And how did 4 months out of 12 become 'standard' time?

I'm indifferent to the change. Regardless, I will be biking in the am or pm in the dark, so for me it is an equivalent proposition.

Since I have a 9 year old kid, getting him to wake up with the dawn under standard time is helpful, so there's that.

Do I get to now be the grumpy guy complaining about folks with 800 lumen flashers I can see a mile away? My pet peeve. I will only crash into you once you get near me, so tone it down.

OTOH, I will not be one of those folks who first covers their headlight and then shouts at oncoming bikes on the paths "shield your light!" when they don't do likewise. This is passive/aggressive behavior and you can't make people follow your lead. The brightness of an oncoming headlight is no worse than car headlights on a two-lane road. Deal with it and stop being like that.

What's the difference between "extending daylight savings year round" and never switching at all?

It's the same thing. But we'd be permanently shifted by an hour from other time zones.

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