We have plenty of people who enjoy getting out on their bicycles in and around Kansas City. Just because the weather has cooled down does not mean bicyclists cannot enjoy their pastime. However, bicyclists face increased risks this time of year. At Townsend Law LLC, our Kansas City bicycle accident attorneys want to discuss some tips bicyclists can follow to stay safe on the roadways this winter season.
During the latest reporting year across our state, there were hundreds of bicycle accidents. The vast majority of reported accidents result in injuries for the bicyclists involved. In areas like Kansas City, we know our avid bicyclists are going to continue to ride during the winter months. That is why we have compiled a list of tips that can help keep you comfortable and safe during the winter months of cycling.
Riding in the winter weather can get cold. Be aware that most body heat escapes through your head, so using a balaclava under your helmet can help keep you warm. Some long-fingered gloves will help protect your hands and thermal socks can help keep your feet warm. If the temperatures are really cold, you should consider wearing two pairs of socks or thermal shoe covers to keep the wind off of your feet. Where multiple layers of clothing to keep your torso warm, including a breathable outer jacket that is wind and water-resistant.
Get warm before riding. Consider having a hot drink in a warm room right before you head outside. This will allow you to warm up on your bike ride more comfortable.
This is a safety tip that matters at all times of the year, especially in the winter. Drivers may not expect to see bicyclists on the road during the winter months. By wearing brightly colored clothing and using reflectors and lights, even during the daytime, you are helping drivers spot you more quickly.
Scout out the route you want to take beforehand. There is commonly more debris on the roadway and on bike paths during the winter months. By checking the route ahead of time from the safety of your vehicle, you will know where any dangers are. Consider shortening your winter route in case you run out of energy in the cold weather.
Cycling against the wind is never fun, especially when that wind has an icy bite. Whenever possible, try to spend the first part of your ride into the headwind. Return on the tailwind, when you have less energy.
Winter biking does not have to be a miserable solo excursion. Consider recruiting some friends to ride with you. You can take turns shielding each other from the wind, and you will have someone to help if your bike breaks down while winter riding
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by another person’s negligent or careless behavior, please seek legal assistance immediately. At Townsend Law LLC, we are dedicated to helping injured victims secure the compensation they deserve, which can include: