Winter Walking & Biking Tips

Winter Walking Tips             

  • Be visible. Wear bright clothing and reflective lights or material. 
  • Be predictable. Walk on sidewalks or pedestrian paths, cross at cross walks, and obey signals. 
  • Be defensive. Always look for oncoming traffic, make sure motorists and bicyclists see you. 
  • Be aware. Keep the volume on any portable devices low enough to hear traffic. 
  • Be prepared. Wear proper clothing for the elements. If you’re walking a long distance, plan routes where you can go inside to warm up along the way if needed. 
  • Be equipped. Improve your traction on snow and ice with proper boots and/or traction devices. 

Winter Biking Tips  

  • Be visible. Wear bright clothing and reflective lights or material. 
  • Be predictable. Ride in a manner consistent with traffic laws, and obey signals, and when possible use designated bicycle lanes or paths.
  • Be defensive. Go slow. Always look for oncoming traffic, and make sure motorists see you. 
  • Be aware.Keep the volume on any portable devices low enough to hear traffic. 
  • Be prepared. Wear proper clothing for the elements. Recommendations include: 
    • Warm, waterproof, windproof outer layers. 
    • Warm, waterproof mittens/gloves that do not compromise your ability to brake or change gears. 
    • Warm but think head covering that fits under   your helmet and protects your ears. 
    • Warm, waterproof layer for protecting your face.
  • Be equipped. Winter biking equipment is extremely helpful. A few recommendations include: 
    • Proper bike lights for biking in the dark 
    • Fenders 
    • Studded tires
  • Remember that winter bicycling can be challenging! Please practice winter bicycling in a controlled environment before attempting to commute by bike.