We're well into fall now. As the leaves turn and daylight melds into darkness, we offer a reminder to those who enjoy a walk, jog or bike ride on area roadways: don't be invisible. Don light-colored or reflective clothing so that motorists can see you in the early morning or evening darkness.

In the last few weeks, within days apart, a bicyclist and pedestrian traveling in the darkness on the shoulder of Route 11 in Shenandoah County were hit and injured by passing vehicles. To avoid injury, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles offers these safety tips:

• Dress to be seen. Don't assume drivers see you.

• Wear reflective clothing and carry a blinking light or flashlight at night.

• Walk on sidewalks facing traffic, and if there’s no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.

• Watch for cars backing up.

• Cross at crosswalks or intersections and while crossing look for cars in all directions. If there is no crosswalk or intersection, go to a well-lit area with the best view of traffic, wait until there is enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic while crossing.