WINTER COMMUTING TIPS
A few pointers to get you from point A to B
by Galen Mook
"Sometimes it's best to take control of your own mobility and use the mighty power of your own two legs"
Take charge of your commute
Getting around in the middle of winter can be tough. Cars are buried. Parking spots are used for snow storage. Sidewalks are slicker than ice rinks. Folks are waiting for the bus that never comes... Sometimes it's best to take control of your own mobility and use the mighty power of your own two legs and your bike's two wheels to get you from point A to B. Here are a few pointers to help you along the way.
Parking + locking up
Be nice to your bike and bring it inside! If you can find a mud room or a large indoor space where you can drip dry, that’s best. If you’re concerned about making a mess, have a large towel or tray under the bike to catch the melting snow, salt, sand, and grit.
To protect your saddle during an active snowfall, you can purchase a quality seat cover to keep your seat nice and dry. Or if you’d like the cheap method, try a plastic bag! You can tie the bag to your saddle rails when its not in use, or put it in your saddle bag, so you’ll always have it handy.
If you’re out and about, be extra careful where you park your bike on the sidewalk. You never know when a slow plow or sidewalk brusher will come by and claim the space taken by your bike. In order to not get plowed in (or a bent wheel), be sure to keep your bike out of the way of pedestrians and plows. And, as always, never park in a handicap accessible zone or by a fire exit!