These winter days are tricky: being dark from around 5.30 pm to about 7 am it’s hard to fit dog walking into daylight hours. Luckily I’m able to walk the dogs in the late afternoon, but many people have to choose darkness or no walk.
Although there are many official exercise areas around town, and in some of them you are allowed to let the dog off the lead, apparently these areas aren’t lit well enough to be safe.
That’s why there’s a petition (open till 6 July 2008) to get things lit up:
Currently no adequate lighting is provided in official dog exercise areas, posing a safety risk to dog owners.
Dogs can be exercised in designated areas only. This is important for dogs’ health and well-being, yet without lighting many owners do not feel safe in winter months, forcing them to seek other, better-lit (but not official) exercise areas.
We request that at least the most popular, well fenced exercise areas be supplied with lighting adequate for dog-exercising and personal safety.
I just hope that if the council act on this they use lighting that’s properly directed downward, onto the relevant areas, and not glaring lights that reduce our view of the stars and sky.