It is well and truly winter in Australia, which means colder mornings, darker nights, and battling with wind and rain. If you intend to keep cycling through these days (and we hope you do!), here are some tips to ensure that you stay safe on your bike this winter.
1. Be visible. The days can be dull, and darkness falls earlier than in the summer months, so it is essential that you are visible to other road users. Wear fluorescent or reflective clothing and make sure you have a good bike light installed.
2. Stay dry. Invest in a good quality waterproof jacket, preferably one with breathable fibres. Also, consider mudguards for your bike as a lot of the water that hits cyclists is actually from the road.
3. Keep warm. Keep your hands toasty while you cycle by wearing waterproof, padded gloves. Choose gloves with a non-slip grip to ensure proper control of your bike.
4. Be aware. Wet, slippery roads mean that your bike can slide when cornering. It also means that the required distance for braking is increased - for both you and other road users. So go slow, brake early, and be completely aware of your surroundings. Also, be wary of puddles as they can be hiding dangerous potholes.
5. Enjoy. Chances are the cycle lanes will be a little emptier than they are in summer, so enjoy the extra room!