Riding Your Bicycle in the Winter? Here’s What You Should Know

In many parts of the United States, including here in New Jersey, the winter biking season has begun. The bike lanes often turn into snow lanes. There is hardly any buffer between bikes and cars. Slippery and icy roads can add to dangers presented to bicyclists. When it’s snowing, visibility can also be considerably diminished.

Here are a few tips on how to stay warm and safe when you ride your bike all winter:

  • Wear warm, winter-proof boots, warm woolen gloves, and ear muffs to protect you from the cold winds.
  • Wear goggles to keep the snow out of your eyes.
  • Make sure you have enough lights on your bike to make yourself more visible.
  • Use mud guards on your bike.
  • Perform routine maintenance on your bike. Make sure the brakes are working well.
  • Be sure to ride keeping the conditions in mind. Slower is better.
  • Be aware of reduced visibility due to obstructed car windows from snow, ice, and humidity that has not been cleared.

That said, please do not ride your bike if the weather is inclement. You face an increased risk of getting hit on the roadway. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bike accident caused by a negligent driver or a dangerous roadway, please contact an experienced New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to obtain more information about your legal rights and options.