Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has launched its winter cycling campaign, urging people to stay on two wheels over the colder months and providing them with the advice and information they need to continue to stay safe and fit.
A series of events across the region have been arranged to help people prepare for colder and wetter journeys, including free group and one-to-one cycle training, to learn new skills or find out how to adapt cycling routes for the winter.
The events also include cycle maintenance courses and ‘drop-in-sessions’ at bike shops, where experts will be on hand to offer safety tips and free bike checks, and cyclists can pick up a TfGM cycling goodie bag and take advantage of in-store discounts.
TfGM’s top tips for cycling during the winter include:
· Get your bike fit for the freeze – check your bike more frequently, paying particular attention to the chain, brakes, tyres and wheel rims
· Be seen – make sure you can see and be seen clearly and your bike has working lights and reflectors
· Be prepared – carry spare batteries, puncture repair kit, pump and spare inner tubes
· Stay warm – invest in some waterproof and warm gear, like gloves and overshoes
· Adapt – think about changing your route to gritted main roads and be extra-aware of motorists’ reduced visibility.
Councillor Chris Paul, Active Travel and Cycling Champion for the TfGM Committee, said: “At a time of year when the nights draw in, many of us spend more time indoors, getting less exercise but more rich food, the health benefits and increased energy levels from getting around on a bike under your own steam are even more beneficial than usual.
“As long as you and your bike are well-equipped, the winter months can be a great time to get out and about – you just need to prepare a little more before you head out on the road, the towpath or the leafy lane.”
To find a full list of TfGM’s winter-ready cycling events, or to book a training session, visit the winter cycling pages on the TfGM website here.
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.