long, dangling items, like scarves, should be avoided or properly secured to prevent possible entanglement in the wheels or other moving parts of the bike.
Be Aware of Seasonal Hazards
Along with colder temperatures, winter also means contending with shorter days. While it is preferable to ride during hours of daylight, with longer periods of darkness riders may find themselves riding at night more often. Proper lighting is critical for safe cycling. New Jersey law requires that in addition to any bike reflectors, bicycles must be equipped with a front headlamp and a rear lamp for riding at night. For more in-depth information about lights and safe cycling at night, see our previous article, “Walking and Biking at Night,” at: http://policy.rutgers.edu/
In addition, certain road hazards are more prevalent during the winter than in other seasons. Potholes, snow, ice and roadways that stay wet longer can make riding more hazardous in winter than at other times. Simply slowing down and taking extra precautions with such hazards can greatly enhance a cyclist’s safety in winter.
Don’t Neglect Bike Maintenance
In addition to creating potential safety hazards, snow, ice and slush will make your bike dirtier in the