Winter Cycle Riding
Darker nights are now with us.
To be safe as a cyclist it is important for you and your bicycle to be seen. Wear bright or fluorescent clothing. Children should wear cycle helmets and it is also advisable for adults.
Although your bicycle should be maintained properly all year round please ensure particularly during the winter months that it has:
- Both tyres in good condition. Worn tyres are more prone to punctures and slipping on greasy roads.
- Brake blocks not worn down. Modern brake blocks and rims in wet weather will wear out faster.
- Both front and rear working lights. You may be able to see the motorist, but will they be able to see you? (see video below - 'To see ourselves as others see us').
As there is more dirt on the road during the winter and also salt both chain and gear shifts should be kept regularly oiled to prevent rusting.
If you think Bedford will be too cold, wet or snowy this winter to cycle, please watch the short winterich video below filmed in Copenhagen.