If you're like me, you aren't excited about the inevitable change in the weather that is coming our way.

Although some neighbors love snow (hello, Jym Ganahl) and others at least enjoy the winter skiing season, count me in the group who would rather not see any snowflakes at all in the coming months. I'm guessing our city leaf-collection crews would like that, too. That would mean it wouldn't be necessary to quickly transition city trucks from leaf collection to snow-and-ice treatment.

Although the colder weather might keep some inside for exercise, many in active walking and running groups will continue outdoor pursuits.

Modern moisture-wicking apparel can keep people warmer and more comfortable than traditional cotton, and many types of footwear are designed to offer better traction. To deal with such factors as less sunlight, many types of lights and reflective materials are on the market today.

For more safety tips on cold-weather exercising, check out the following list from the New Albany Police Department:

Runners and walkers

* Use leisure trails or sidewalks instead of roads when possible.

* Use crosswalks -- don't cross mid-block.

* Partner with another person or a dog.

* Tell someone your route and when you expect to be back.

* Carry a phone and any important medical information.

* Wear reflective materials and lights.

* Layer up. Sometimes it is hard to know what clothes to wear depending on the weather and exercise plans. By layering, you always can take off clothing as necessary.

* Make eye contact with approaching motorists.

* Leave headphones at home.


* Turn on headlights, particularly during dawn and dusk hours.

* Use caution when passing parked or stopped vehicles.

* Share the road and stay alert for cyclists and pedestrians; allow 3 feet of space between them and your vehicle.

* Obey the posted speed limit.

* Yield to pedestrians and cyclists at roundabouts and when turning.

Finally, whether you are exercising or driving, call New Albany police at 614-855-1234 if you see something out of the ordinary around town. The police rely on your input to help keep our community safe.

In the event of a potentially life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately.

Scott McAfee is chief communications and marketing officer for New Albany.