Winter weather may make for a great holiday photo backdrop, but when it comes to micromobility it means one more important reason to be prepared and stay vigilant while on the street.
Keep yourself and your community protected this season with these 5 essential tips for safe winter e-scooter riding.
- Stay Warm and Visible: When you’re bundling up for your ride, ensure that you’re wearing bright colors whenever possible and consider wearing a flashing light and/or applying reflective tape to your helmet, backpack or jacket. Shorter days mean less daylight, so make sure you’re easily visible no matter what time you’re riding.
- Never Drink and Ride: If you’re drinking alcohol at any time during the winter holiday season, DO NOT RIDE AN E-SCOOTER. Not only does it put you and others at risk, but it’s against the law and will get you banned from Bird.
- Take it Slow: All vehicles take longer to stop in inclement weather. E-scooters are no exception. Rain, snow and ice can make for slippery and unpredictable road conditions, so ride slowly and give ample space between you and the rider in front of you to ensure you’re in control of your ride at all times.
- Make Yourself Heard: Sound is a great way to let pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and other scooter riders know you’re approaching. Use Bird’s friendly-sounding bell, or your own voice, to ensure that road users are aware of your presence.
- Pay Attention to Parking: Snowy winter weather can mean narrower lanes and reduced sidewalk space for pedestrians. When your ride is over, always ensure that your Bird is parked neatly in an approved parking zone. Never block pavements/sidewalks, access ramps, cycle paths or any other public area.
For more information and best practices for safe riding, visit Bird’s Safety Page or subscribe to our Bird Cities Blog.