Visibility – Stand out and be seen
With less cyclists on the road in the colder months, shorter days and inclement weather, visibility becomes even more important.
Bright clothing, lights and good lane positioning will keep motorists and other road users aware of your presence.
Communicating with drivers through eye contact and good signaling is essential. Winter can bring challenging conditions and by being visible and predictable, dangerous situations can be avoided.
The shorter daylight hours of winter, coupled with the low-visibility weather, and fewer cyclists on the road make lighting essential in winter. Not only do lights help you see ahead, front and rear lights make you visible to motorists. Look for the brightest bike lights you can find, preferably those that cast a wide viewing angle.
Pay special attention to the batteries that power your lights. Cold weather can reduce their performance. Check your batteries before heading out and keep spares handy just in case (or charge USB lights during the day or overnight).
Reflectors will make you stand out in the glare of headlights. A red rear reflector and front white reflector increases your visibility.
Use lights (at a minimum) a half hour before sunset and a half hour before sunrise (it’s the law).