Here are some simple tips when riding in the rain (courtesy of Vancouver B2WW)
Fenders – get your local bike store to install them. Simple and affordable.
Stay warm and dry. Try waterproof pants, jacket and gloves (or a dollar store poncho/rain cape), a head cozy and/or hood under your helmet, ear warmers, waterproof shoe covers (plastic bags will do in a pinch).
Layer – avoid cotton next to your skin, try quick drying, insulating fabrics like polypropolene, silk or wool.
Find a place to hang your wet clothes at work so they will be dry when you go home.
Be visible – reflectors, vests and lights, lights, lights! LED lights are bright and last a long time. Small turtle or blinkie lights are cheap and easy to clip on/off.
Use waterproof panniers (or line your regular ones with plastic bags).
Stainless steel coffee thermos – for a warm drink on a longer ride!
Bike Tips: Sharing the Road with Transit Buses
Here are 6 tips to keep in mind when sharing the road with Buses:
Don’t pass on the right while a bus is stopped. Stay behind the bus or where drivers can see you. Buses may pull over at a bus stop without warning.
Maintain a straight line while riding. Avoid erratic movements and maintain your manoeuvrability, predictability and visibility (MVP).
Prepare for buses that must cross in and out of bike lanes.
Share the road. Give buses plenty of room. Stay behind or in front, not alongside a bus.
Make eye contact. Ride in the bus driver’s sight line, so that you can see each other in the driver’s side-view mirror.
Don’t play leapfrog. Wait a few moments behind a bus or cycle quickly ahead.
Bike Tips: Trail Etiquette
Multi-use paths (bike paths, recreational trails, paved pathways, asphalt trails) are intended to be SHARED for use and enjoyment by a diverse group of non-motorized users including cyclists, inline skaters, pedestrians and others. These basic guidelines will help to ensure yours and other user’s safety.
Travel at a pace safe for conditions
Slow down in congested and populated areas
Control your speed and yield to pedestrians and horse riders
Stay right except to pass This is especially important on corners
Pass only when it is safe to do so Pass with care
Signal you are passing with a polite warning bell, whistle or by stating “passing”
Share the path; don’t impede other users
When stopping pull off to the side of the path
Use caution when crossing intersections, yield to traffic
It’s best not to ride with headphones, if you do make sure they are kept low so you can hear approaching traffic
If you are using the trail at dark, please have your lights so you can see and be seen
BC Helmet Laws apply on trails
Bike Tips: Working with New Cyclists
We want to encourage as many new cyclists to participate in BTWW as possible, so it needs to be simple and fun. Here are some typical barriers, and how you can respond: Barrier (Excuse) Response
I don’t have a bike A number of bike shops offer rentals
I’m nervous about riding on my own Help set up a co-worker to ride in with them