Stan’s Tips for Green Transportation this Winter
While our preferred method of getting around is by bike, as the weather turns to rain and snow, it’s not exactly the safest time of year to have two-wheel commute. So how do you get around when the weather isn’t cooperating?
In colder conditions, relying on transit may be a better option. It’s much less expensive than owning and running a car, plus you can avoid bumper-to-bumper traffic when commuting from the suburbs into the city. We also like the speed and comfort of the West Coast Express to get Downtown. It’s a great way to start the morning enjoying a coffee and the morning paper without paying attention to the road.
If your destination isn’t on a transit route or you need to transport a lot of things with you, a great option is a car share program. There are several options to choose from in the Lower Mainland. You need to sign up ahead of time and will be given a scan card to unlock the car. When you need a car, book online or through the company’s smart phone app to easily find vehicles nearby. The keys are stored in the vehicle and away you go! This is especially handy when you need a pickup truck for moving a couch one day and a car to go for a family dinner a week later. You get the best of both worlds without having to own a vehicle.
If you’re using the car share program for your commute, offer to carpool. You can split the cost of the expenses and utilize the high-occupancy vehicle lanes. There are also programs in place for existing carpool programs.
This video explains how ridesharing and works.
For the more hardcore bikers, here are some tips for riding your bike in the rain and snow:
Winterize your bike:
- Riding in the ice and snow is hard on your bike, so you may want to switch out to an older bike that you don’t mind getting scratched up.
- Check your brakes and tires – studded or knobby tires are your best bet to grip slippery lanes.
- Make sure you have layers of clothing that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty, as well as appropriate reflective clothing. The fall and winter months are much darker, especially at commuting times, so make sure you are being seen by drivers by wearing reflective clothing.
- Carry a de-icer for your bike in case parts freeze up.
- Protect your extremities and eyes. There is usually more sand and gravel on the roads, so you want to keep your body safe and warm in the cold weather.