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Make more informed decisions about how and when to ride safely during different weather conditions.
Cyclists cannot be pigeonholed into a one-fits-all group. Hobbyists, families, road cyclists, mountain bikers, commuters and keep fit enthusiasts, to name just a few, all have one thing in common; their love of cycling exposes them to the vagaries of the UK weather! Whilst we cannot change the weather, we can help you to plan and make more informed decisions about where and when to cycle, what to wear and how to prepare for different weather conditions.
Key to preparation is keeping a close eye on the forecast and the Met Office offers cyclists a range of weather information and weather-related warnings to be able to help them travel safely.
Cycling in snow and ice
Snow and ice will severely impact your travel plans including your commute to and from work and getting around your community and local area. Alternative travel plans may provide a safer form of travel.
Cycling accidents on ice can often result in physical injury, so learning to read the weather signs and identify potential danger spots on your journey is essential.
At certain times of year lying water freezes over on thousands of roads. Ice becomes as much of a problem for cyclists as the sun low in the sky. Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, has also prepared cycling in icy conditions, and gathered advice from motoring organisations for driving around cyclists in icy conditions.
Charity Sustrans is passionate about more people travelling by foot or by bike and have provided some tips for winter proofing your bike as well as an article that dispels five myths about weather and cycling.
Gritting information for cyclists
Information about salting and gritting of roads is available on many local authority websites. We have listed links to information from England and Scotland. Please note that we cannot be held responsble for the accuracy of the information provided and that you should never assume that a road has been gritted.