Cycling in Winter – Tips for Staying Safe

If you’ve been cycling throughout the year, it’s likely that you’ll have built up a good level of fitness, avoided dozens of traffic jams and saved a few pennies at the same time.

Whilst you’re probably keen to keep this great habit going, winter can make it much harder to stay safe on the roads.

This time of year is notorious for road accidents, making cyclists particularly vulnerable. According to statistics from Transport For London, 34% of cyclists are injured around dusk between 4pm and 8pm, a time when many of us are starting to head home from work.

We want you to stay safe on your bike this winter, so we bring you our top tips for safer cycling in dark, inclement conditions.

  1. Be seen

Being clearly visible is absolutely essential when you’re cycling during the winter. Don’t take any chances and invest in a high visibility jacket or clothing with reflective strips. Fix a bright white light to your bike to illuminate your path and a rear red light so other motorists are able to see you ahead.

  1. Check your bike

With wet weather a common occurrence in winter it’s a good idea to regularly check that your tyres, brakes and gears are in good working condition. You may want to consider taking your bike for a full check up and service if you’re a regular rider. Ask at your local bike shop for more advice.

  1. Weather conditions

Snow, ice and heavy rainfall are all common in winter and can all cause detrimental cycling conditions. Not all cycle routes will be gritted so always be aware of slippery leaves and patches of black ice, especially when cycling in the dark.

  1. Check and plan route

Darker days may mean that you may have to find an alternative, safer route. Short cuts and traffic free routes that may have been suitable during the summer may not always be well lit at night so check over your journey in the car first to ensure you stay as safe as possible.

  1. Stay healthy

Winter weather is synonymous with bad health. Jumping onto your bike in sub-zero conditions when you’re not feeling well can put you at a higher risk of having an accident. If you wake up feeling under the weather, opt for an alternative mode of transport.

Cycling in winter doesn’t have to be dangerous if the proper precautions are taken.

Most accidents can be avoided with a little care and forward planning, but if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself seriously injured and it wasn’t your fault then you may be able to make a claim. If you would like to speak with a member of our team to discuss you injury and see if you can make a claim then please give us a call on: Free phone 0161 904 4660

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