Don’t let the cold slow you down! Just because it is starting to get a little chilly out there, does not mean you need to store your bike away and let it hibernate for the winter. With the proper gear and some safety tips, you can become a fearless winter warrior and bike your way into the springtime.
Let’s not fool ourselves: wind chill is real and it’s just about the worst part of biking in the winter. But if you layer up properly, you’ll be juuuuust fine. Here’s what Pio Tsai, Bike Share extraordinaire, suggests:
- Use bike lanes – Always, but especially when your peripheral vision is more impaired by your scarf/layers.
- Be careful – When it rains or snows, remember to proceed slowly, especially over salted or sandy pavement that can tend to be slippery.
- Be visible – Of course, if you’re ever traveling at night, it is important to wear something bright and to have front and rear lights on your bike. But in the winter, when there is less daylight in general, it’s important to always stay visible.
- Be more aware – Sound tends to be muffled from winter wind and your ears might not be as alert when covered with a wool hat or scarf, so relying more on your other senses, especially your sight, is immensely important to staying safe and maintaining awareness of your surroundings.