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Top tips for cycling this winter as more than 500 pieces of safety equipment handed out to local cyclists

11:38 am, Monday, 18th October 2021 - 3 years ago

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The latest round of Be Safe, Be Seen events has seen more than 500 pieces of cycling safety equipment handed out to residents with a goal to improve cycling safety over the colder and darker months.

Equipment has included cycling lights, reflective clothing and various pieces of cycling safety equipment to make sure residents can be safe and seen over the winter period.

The events also provided an additional opportunity for the popular Dr Bike events to take place with more than 100 bikes serviced across North East Lincolnshire during the events.  

Top tips for winter cycling

  • Don’t lose control – Snow and ice can provide hazardous cycling conditions. When riding in these conditions and not on ice, remember to brake often to clear rims. If you encounter ice, steer straight, don’t pedal and try not to brake as this could cause you to skid and fall.
  • Wear a helmet!  
  • Keep out of the gutters – Puddles which will freeze are more likely to form in the gutter and create a greater risk of falls. Also, remember to keep clear of leaves and manhole covers as they can also be slippery when wet.
  • Pedal with care – Pedals can be slippery when wet so take extra care.
  • Check your tyres – A good set of tyres will reduce the risk of unnecessary skidding and lessen the chance of picking up punctures. Inflating tyres a little less than you would during the summer can also improve traction in slippery conditions.
  • Keep your bike in good shape – After riding in bad weather, it’s a good idea to rinse and wipe-down your bike to remove dirt, salt and grit – particularly focusing on the chain, gears, brakes and wheel rims.
  • Wear adequate clothing – Waterproof hats, gloves, jackets and trousers will help keep you dry and warm whatever the weather. Shower-proof jackets won’t keep you as protected. Consider multiple thin layers to keep warm instead of large items of clothing so you can better regulate your temperature.

You can find out more about cycling at www.nelincs.gov.uk/cycling.

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