Don’t let cold weather and darker nights put an end to your active commute or stop you from getting out by bike or for a run. You can still make the most of the outside with friends and family this winter, while having fun and staying safe!
Below, we have set out some of our top tips for staying safe and active.
Make sure you can be seen by drivers and pedestrians by wearing high-vis clothing and check your bike lights work before you set off, even if its light at that point.
Get yourself a decent pair of socks and waterproof shoes (or overshoes). Ensure your jacket is waterproof, not just showerproof, too!
Keeping your hands and head warm will make your ride or run much more enjoyable. A thick pair of ski-style winter gloves are ideal, but be sure to check you can still brake, change gear and grip your handlebars. You can also buy reflective headbands which will keep your ears warm, and keep you seen!
Wearing multiple thin layers means you can take things off as you need to, and put them back on should you get cold again, rather than just having one big coat.
LOOK AFTER YOUR BIKE
After a ride, if you’re able to, it’s a good idea to rinse and wipe-down your bike to remove dirt, salt and grit. Dry off any moisture with an old towel or an old t-shirt before putting your bike away again.
GET A GRIP
Always make sure your tyres are in good condition with plenty of grip. This will help to prevent unnecessary skidding and lessen the likelihood of having to fix a puncture.
It takes time for your muscles to warm up properly. If you’re heading out for a bike ride, a run or even just a walk, don’t risk injury or your safety by rushing into it!
CHECK YOUR POSITION
Puddles will freeze and are more likely to form in the gutter so you’re better off cycling in the centre of the lane. A head torch can help you see the path in front of you whilst out running. Watch out for leaves and manhole covers as they can be slippery.
BE SAFE NOT SORRY
Don’t be afraid to put your bike in the shed or your trainers in the cupboard if the conditions are too treacherous. Exercising can wait for another day or be done inside instead. Don’t forget you could always try taking the train or bus to work.
If you’d like any further advice for staying safe while travelling actively this winter, we’d be happy to help. You can contact us using the link below.
Updated March 2022