Tip for Icy Cycling#
Winter Bike to Work Day on the second Tuesday of December is a great reason to ride a bike in colder weather. One of the main challenges of winter riding is icy conditions. Luckily in Fort Collins, ice and snow don't usually stick around for more than a few days. Still, ice can appear without warning, so here are a few tips to learn before you head out for all season cycling.
- Pick your route carefully as some neighborhood streets are still impacted by the last storm. Consider a route the City’s Streets Department prioritizes for snow removal. These streets will be the most snow free – find more information on how the City prioritizes snow removal and a map at https://www.fcgov.com/streets/snow-ice. Multi-use trails can be a great option, too! Trails are cleared by our Parks Department simultaneously while our Streets Department clears streets. That means trails can be a better option than streets, especially soon after a storm hits the area.
- Go around icy patches if you have time and it’s safe to do so. If you can't avoid the ice, don't make any sudden moves – downshift, go slowly, and ride it out in a straight line. If you are uncomfortable at any time, remember you can walk your bike on the sidewalk to get around difficult areas.
- Wider tires are better – more surface area gives you better traction. You can do this by decreasing the pressure in your tires, but be sure to not let too much air out. Find the lowest pressure recommended by the manufacturer listed on the side of your tire.
- Give yourself extra time so you aren’t stressed and in a hurry when dealing with winter conditions.
- Some bike facilities may be icy, so you can take the lane to avoid icy bike lanes, just like you would to avoid gravel or other hazards in the road.
- Want to learn more? Sign-up for the City’s Cycling in Winter Course.
- Come across an area needing more attention? If you come across an area on the street or trails that needs extra attention after an initial clearing, you can report issues to Access Fort Collins.
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Winter Cycling Resources#
Check out the resources below for more helpful tips and tricks to make your winter riding experience more comfortable and fun.
- City of Fort Collins: Snow Removal Routes
- Bike Anchorage Winter Tips
- How to Bike Winter
- Tips for Riding your Bike All Winter
- Winter Cycling: How to Enjoy It
- Your Winter Biking Guide
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