Walking the dog tonight at 9 pm, came across 6 kids milling around in the dark street on their bikes with zero lights on. Ages 5 to 10 roughly. They were with a young woman, guessing a nanny, whose bike had only a single spoke light on.
So I stopped. I like to ride at night, too, I said. But if you guys have bike lights, you really ought to turn them on. None thought they had bike lights. So I politely explained the risk they were taking in our very dark neighborhood full of old people with poor night vision. Asked them to promise me they'd tell their parents to get them bike lights.
To my surprise, they seemed to take it seriously and promised they would ask. Then the nanny said, "Oh yes, we must get lights!" And off they went down the street, all invisible, even the nanny.
The dog and I resumed our walk. On the way home, found the same 6 kids and nanny, right back in the street on bikes, same spot. Only this time, every bike had a light on! Two of the kids even thanked me!! So did the nanny.
Don't even know where to start.