Safer winter cycling
While winter can present a number of challenges for cyclists, from slippery roads to decreased visibility, the season change shouldn’t prevent you from continuing to ride.
Around half of Slough’s cyclists ride all year round, no matter what the weather conditions, and many riders also use their bike as their main form of transport.
Here are some tips for staying safe and prepared while on your bikes.
- Bike maintenance – it’s important to maintain the condition of your bike throughout the year, but particularly in winter, where you may need to carry out more frequent checks. You will also need to pay special attention to your brakes, pedals and tyres; as well as moving parts, such as the chain and gears.Clothing - staying warm and dry is vital while cycling, as you’ll likely encounter some very cold conditions. Layers of clothing will protect your health and wellbeing, and as a result, help to keep your attention on the road.
- Be prepared and ride for the conditions - the weather plays a big role in determining how fast you can and should ride. So, ensuring you alter your pace accordingly, especially when the road gets twisty or hilly, or there’s anything left over from heavy rainfall, like mud, silt and gravel, is very important.
- Being seen - as the days become shorter, the reduced sunlight can make it harder for motorists and pedestrians to see you. Throw in the potential for rain, fog, and even sleet and snow, and it could spell disaster for anyone not properly lit up.
Winter maintenance sessions
We're hosting a series of special winter bike surgeries for all of you braving the cold and wet and continuing to cycle!
- Wednesday 30 January, 4-6pm, Main Hall, Langley Pavilion
- Wednesday 20 February, 12noon-2pm, Main Hall, Chalvey Community Centre
- Wednesday 20 March, 4-6pm, Main Hall, Upton Lea Community Centre
For a list of winter bike maintenance sessions, see the event poster.
For more advice, visit the BetterBy web pages.