So the days are rapidly shrinking while the nights are growing longer. Around this time of the year lots of commuters complain about riding in the dark clearly regarding that as an awful thing to do. But I actually have a lot of fun doing it!!
There is something I always liked about the dark (here is my dark side, I guess ). Night is the time when your work responsibilities are all over (or haven't started yet in case of morning) and it's time to party and have fun!! Also, the days are mostly so grey and drab around here this time of year that I'm glad when they're over.
Some people are concerned with safety of night riding in traffic, but I never so it as a problem. I found that as long as cyclists and their bikes are properly decorated with lights and reflectors, it is easier to spot them at night than during the day. I also encounter almost no buzzers at night - I guess people prefer to err on the side of caution when they cannot clearly see the cyclist's outline.
Crime is not a big problem in Toronto either. Of course, I prefer to stay away from unlit ravine paths at night, but as long as I stick to the streets, I feel as safe as during the daylight hours.
Any other nocturnal creatures around here who love dark riding?