So I'm in Buffalo, NY and I want to see the falls without being staying in the cultural wastelands that is Niagara Falls, NY and ON (I hate casinos), so I rented a car today. Plus Buffalo has a better selection of resturants.
The first incedent occured early after sundown and its overcast here and raining so visibility's not so good. I'm driving down a street with parallel parked cars. Out of the corner of my eye, i see the flash of metal, a BMX bike with no lights/reflectors darts out midblock between two parked cars. I slam on the brakes, stopping a few feet before him. He stops just as a car zooms past me.
The second incedent just occured. I was in a taxi returning from the car return. We're almost there, when two cyclists without lights and reflectors, very hard to see, run a red light. I see them, yell something like "Oh crap" (but stronger), and we're too close to stop. Somehow the cabbie just misses em. I gave him a $9 tip on a $21 because of that good driving (plus he was a cool guy) that saved two lives that would have been darwinized.
Tonight, I saw 20 odd bikes and 1 with a light. Use lights and reflectors and stay safe out there. When its overcast, dark (no moon), you are invisible without them.