Winter Walking & Biking Tips

Winter Biking Tips

Remember that winter bicycling can be challenging! Please practice winter bicycling in a controlled environment before attempting to commute by bike.

Be visible. Wear bright clothing and reflective lights or material.

Be predictable. Ride in a manner consistent with traffic laws, and obey signals, and when possible use designated bicycle lanes or paths.

Be defensive. Go slow. Always look for oncoming traffic, and make sure motorists see you.

Be aware. Keep the volume on any portable devices low enough to hear traffic.

Be prepared. Wear proper clothing for the elements. Recommendations include:

  • Warm, waterproof, windproof outer layers.
  • Warm, waterproof mittens/gloves that do not compromise your ability to brake or change gears.
  • Warm but thin head covering that fits under your helmet and protects your ears.
  • Warm, waterproof layer for protecting your face.

Be equipped. Winter biking equipment is extremely helpful. A few recommendations include:

  • Proper bike lights for biking in the dark (note: legally required in Burlington)
  • Fenders
  • Studded tires

Winter Walking Tips

Be visible. Wear bright clothing and reflective lights or material.

Be predictable. Walk on sidewalks or pedestrian paths, cross at cross walks, and obey signals.

Be defensive. Always look for oncoming traffic, make sure motorists and bicyclists see you.

Be aware. Keep the volume on any portable devices low enough to hear traffic.

Be prepared. Wear proper clothing for the elements. If you're walking a long distance, plan routes where you can go inside to warm up along the way if needed.

Be equipped. Improve your traction on snow and ice with proper boots and/or traction devices.