Delivering by bike in extreme weather conditions


Here are some essential safety tips to keep in mind while you’re out delivering in extreme weather conditions.

  • Use lights and reflectors. Increase visibility by using front and rear lights, as well as reflective materials. Snowfall can reduce visibility, so make sure you are easily seen.

  • Regularly check your bike for any issues, especially the brakes. In snowy conditions, brakes may be less effective.

  • Ride at a slower pace to maintain control and prevent slipping. Avoid sudden movements and sharp turns.

  • Plan your routes carefully. Choose routes that are well-plowed and salted. Avoid steep hills and areas with heavy snow accumulation.

  • Invest in waterproof clothing to stay dry during rainy conditions. This includes a waterproof jacket, pants, and shoe covers.

  • Check brakes. Ensure your bike's brakes are in good working condition. Wet conditions can affect braking efficiency, so regular checks are crucial.

  • Steer clear of large puddles, as they may hide potholes or other obstacles. Riding through deep water can also affect your bike's handling.

  • Wear bright and reflective clothing to enhance your visibility to motorists. Rain can reduce visibility, so make yourself as noticeable as possible.

  • Drink water regularly to stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle and take sips throughout your deliveries.

  • Protect your skin. Apply sunscreen to exposed skin to prevent sunburn.

  • Choose light-colored clothing that reflects rather than absorbs sunlight. This helps keep your body temperature lower.

  • Slow down your pace in extreme heat to prevent overheating. Listen to your body and prioritize your well-being.

  • Bundle up. Dress in multiple layers to stay warm. Thermal clothing, including gloves and a hat, can provide extra insulation.

  • Check bike components. Cold weather can affect the performance of bike components. Regularly check the condition of your brakes, gears, and tires.

  • Lubricate moving parts of your bike to prevent freezing. Cold temperatures can cause components to stiffen, affecting overall performance.

  • Know when to pause. If conditions become too extreme, know when to pause your deliveries and seek shelter. Your safety is paramount.