December 21st is the first day of winter but we’ve already seen snow and it already feels a lot like winter.
We’ve had some tips on how to prepare your car for winter and winter driving tips, now how about some winter biking tips for those of you who will be braving the elements this winter?!?
- Layer up but do not overdress – look for clothing that is designed to keep you warm without being too bulky and make you sweat. Many stores sell active wear clothes that are both fashionable and functional. Cover your head, your extremities and your ears, and wear clear glasses to protect your eyes.
- Wear something bright and equip your bike with good lights (flashing lights have a great battery life but the high powered ones can blind the motorists behind you), it will keep you safe during low visibility conditions.
- Equip your bike with wide tires (studded winter tires are best for icy conditions) and shoes with threaded sole so you won’t slip when you break or stop at a light and you have to put your foot down.
- If possible, pick streets that will minimize your contact with cars.
- Think safety first! – Use your judgment in snowy, slippery and/or low visibility conditions, actively manage risk through strategies to avoid travel, minimize contact with other traffic and/or make yourself as visible as possible through proper lane positioning
As part of our Be Safe Be Seen campaign we giveaway reflective bands, reflective vests, and reflective decals for your helmet. If you are a bike commuter and would like to get these items, please contact us.
Here is a great Infographic from www.bikearlington.com with more winter biking tips.