Brace yourself: cold season is coming!

The Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP) is an effort led by the City of Philadelphia that works to ensure that Indego bike share is accessible to all Philadelphians. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is a non­profit advocacy and education organization working as part of the Better Bike Share Partnership to support bike share and biking education.

The Better Bike Share Partnership is funded by the JPB Foundation.

With the cold season arriving, the BBSP team gathered some tools and tips on how to survive, ride, and strive this winter.  

Cover up! Layer up with warm clothes and, of course, a jacket that can conserve heat but won’t make you sweat too heavily. (This may take some trial and error). To keep your legs warm, get some leg warmers; it could be a nice 70s touch but also keeps you warm enough to ride and not have cold feet and also wear gloves that can prevent frostbites from the cold winter air. Try to keep your skin less exposed to any cold air and wear a scarf or anything that can prevent the wind on your face and try not to use double socks. Using double socks can actually reduce the blood flow from your feet and can get them even colder.

Be Visible, Be Predictive, and Be Respectful. Keep your lights on from dusk to dawn. This helps other cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers see you and, well, it’s the law. Also, if you could, try to wear any reflective clothes you may have. With the sun going down and getting darker early, we recommend you use anything that can make you be more visible to other cyclist and drivers. And don’t forget to use hand signals that can help drivers see where you going and try to be respectful to other riders who could be riding slower than what you are used to.

What to Avoid:

  1. Remember, a bicycle is considered a moving vehicle, and if you see a bike lane full of leaves or anything hazardous that can make your bike slide, remember you can use the regular lane. And as a reminder, at any given moment you feel unsafe to ride you can always walk your bike on the sidewalk.
  2. Trolley Tracks can be a menace, no matter if it rains, snows or the temperature drops, a trolley track can be dangerous. By avoiding them, you can prevent your bike from sliding or getting one of your wheels caught in a track. The best way to prevent riding a street that has trolley tracks is to plan your route ahead of time before you start any ride.
  3. Keep eye on the road. It could be slippery, frozen or covered in snow. Remember that some streets can be dangerous when the roads are slippery so always check the weather, and watch out for snow on bike lanes or even on the road and make sure that even there’s a construction site. To watch out for the metal plates, that could be slippery and dangerous…
  4. ABCs of Biking – Remember to check before riding to check for these three things before any ride: AIR, BRAKES, and CHAIN. The cold weather can make changes to any of these things, so it’s always good to check them before riding to prevent any accidents – and it only takes 1 minute!
  5. Using Indego – If you feel that your bike tires aren’t meant for a winter climate, remember that Indego tires are thicker and meant to endure anything in the city, including snow.  We also recommend you download the Indego app just to ensure no station is full, nor empty, and in case any of them are down.

The BBSP team hopes this tips and tools can help anyone ride safe, and want to remind everyone to always wear a helmet and to stay warm this season.

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