How to Stay Safe in Hazardous Winter Weather

During the winter, we tend to refrain from taking a step into the winter wonderland and instead stay cozy indoors. Even though we want to bundle up and stay indoors, there are ways to mitigate the cold climate. Some items to think about when one is preparing for the journey into the cold include proper winter apparel, lighting equipment, and navigation tools for navigating your journey. 

Winter Apparel 

Before you start your venture outdoors, check your closet to see what you already have at your disposal when it comes to bracing for the cold weather. Essential items when venturing out in the cold include a water-resistant winter jacket, beanie, winter gloves, compression leggings, and thermal socks. Make sure to bundle up and not let the cold weather deter you from enjoying your outdoor journey! 

Bicycle Travel Essentials 

Riding your bike during the winter is achievable with the addition of key safety items. One of the most important items to bring along is reflective gear. Reflective gear, whether it’s on your jacket or a vest, will help when darkness falls earlier in the winter months. Another item that is imperative for cyclists to have is lighting equipment (light mount and red rear-facing light) to improve visibility not just for oneself, but for those around you. Something to keep in mind when biking to work: you always have the option to hop on the Metro with your bike without any hassle! 

Here are some external links to help with your travels: 

Bicycling in Winter 

Bicycle Routes 

If you are ever in a bind, our commute plan tool can assist in your trip. Our commute plan tool can help plan your route or divert you to other methods of transportation that you may have never tried in the past. 

Try different route options with our Commute Plan

If you are making your first attempt, you’re not alone, and we’re here to help! Just make sure you are prepped and ready to venture out into the cold. Even if you are only starting out one day a week, there is no pressure to feel the need to travel in the cold weather daily. If you need assistance with planning your trips in the winter, please reach out to Mosaic Green Commute at [email protected]