The Smart Trips Austin Team has compiled this list of tips for the handful of days that Austin dips into the cooler temps. Regardless of any weather, it’s essential to plan ahead of your trip to your destination. Before choosing the clothes you will wear for the day, check the daily weather on your smartphone, television, or radio for the daily highs and lows. We’ve broken down our tips per travel option that will help you make your experience more comfortable and predictable.
Have you been in a situation where you had to stand at a transit stop for a long time in the freezing cold because you did not know the arrival of the next train or bus? Or have you ever missed the bus or train because you were trying to avoid standing in the rain? Here are a few tips that will help your commute be less stressful:
- Download the Capital Metro App:. It will provide you up to date info on when the next bus or train will arrive.
- Layer Up: Make sure to put on layered clothing because there is a great difference in the temperatures outside at the cold transit stops and the warm buildings your work or shop in. Layered clothing will allow you to increase or decrease your body heat when transitioning in and out of buildings.
Properly planning for your bike ride is crucial in cold weather. Although you’ll be generating heat, you will be in direct contact with the cold throughout your entire ride. Here are a few tips to follow that will keep you warm and safe:
- Layer Up: Layer your clothing to stay warm during your commute and remove layers to cool off in a warm building. You should also put on a light windbreaker to keep the cold wind off of your skin during your commute.
- Protect your Extremities: Put on gloves, mittens, thick gloves, and a cap that fits under your helmet to keep you hands, feet, and head warm.
- Be Visible: The days are shorter during the winter so be seen wearing reflective clothing and a pair of lights.
- Accessorize: Add fenders to block rain from splashing off your back as your ride through puddles of water. Or add a handlebar bag, frame bag, panniers, or a basket to discard your layers as you warm up overtime.
- Slow Down: If the road is frozen over, slow down and ride in a straight line when you approach wet and frozen surfaces to avoid slipping. .
Many of the tips for commuting by public transit and biking during cold weather apply to walking:
- Layer Up: Wear layers of clothing, so you can take off a layer to stay cool inside of warm buildings.
- Be Prepared: Have a backpack or an easy bag to carry where you can store your extra layers of clothing.
- Stay Visible: Make sure you wear clothing that allows you to be visible to automobiles when the sun is not in the sky.
A change in weather does not have to stop you from engaging in your normal routine as long as you are prepared. As they say, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!”
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