Wintertime is a favourite season for many. It’s a time for cosy clothing, mince pies, seasons greetings with family and creating memories at new years eve. However, when it comes to scooting and cycling, it is key that riders and members of the wider community remain extra vigilant during winter.
We have created a set of practical tips on how to enjoy riding in a safe and responsible manner this winter season.
TAKE IT SLOW AND STEADY
Weather conditions change dramatically: rain, snow and ice can reduce traction, render streets slippery and hide some obstacles. All vehicles take longer to stop in inclement conditions. Please make sure you allow for sufficient distance between you and the rider in front of you so that you’re in greater control of your vehicle at all times. Try to avoid swerving, do not turn sharply and allow extra time for breaking.
It feels colder when you are riding with the fresh air flowing. Stick some gloves on and an extra layer for added warmth and protection.
STAY VISIBLE AND MAKE YOURSELF HEARD
Daylight hours have become shorter, meaning your visibility decreases as well. Make sure you wear reflective clothing. Do not assume other road users can always see you – ride with caution and plan your route accordingly.
NEVER DRINK AND SCOOT
If you are consuming alcohol at any time during the winter holiday season, DO NOT RIDE AN E-SCOOTER. It creates risk for both yourself and others. It is also illegal and will lead to account deactivation and possible issues with the police.
SCOOT AND PARK RESPONSIBLY IN DESIGNATED AREAS, ALWAYS
You may be attempted to scoot on the pavement however please always be sure you ride in the designated cycle lanes or in the road, if lanes are not available. Pavement users, such as the blind have limited confidence during the winter so it is particularly important, you ensure you remain on the road when riding. When finishing your ride please ensure you park neatly in a designated parking bay.
For further information on safe riding, visit our safety page.