Winter Cycling Guide PT.3: How To Stay Safe

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There are two types of cyclists in the world: Those who put their bikes away come the fall and those who keep on trekking throughout the winter. Think you have what it takes to stay on your bike year round, but don’t know where to start? In part three of our three-part series, we give you essential tips for staying safe while cycling in the winter.

Keep The Lights On

The winter is dark. When we’re in the thick of it, sometimes it can feel perpetually so. That’s why it’s doubly important to invest in a good set of lights and always make sure the battery (or solar panels!) are charged up. The last thing you want to do is risk your safety, having one of your lights go out.

Be Seen

You always want to be seen during your ride. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you need to wear a full fluorescent suit to stay visible. A few reflective strips placed on the right places will do just fine. Put the strips on your knees and ankles as constant movement from peddling will help ensure vehicles on the road see you.

Plan Your Route

It’s always wise to do a little preparation when cycling in the winter and planning a route can definitely contribute to your overall safety. Try to avoid side streets and stick to the main roads as much as possible. Not only are they more likely to have bike lanes, they’re also generally plowed more often and are better lit.

Take Advantage Of Skylock’s Crash Alert

Skylock can also contribute to your safety on the roads. With our built-in crash alert, if you fall off your bike or are hit by a car, your phone will automatically send an alert to your phone and ask if you want to notify your preferred contacts.