Tips for Cycling in Inclement Weather

Top Tips For Staying visible and Cycling In Inclement Weather

You don’t have to give up your regular ride just because the weather gets a little rough. If you take some precautions and use some common sense you can still enjoy a good ride for exercise and to clear your head no matter what the weather is doing. During the fall and winter the weather can be cold and wet, and even in the spring those spring showers can make riding a little more difficult than usual. However, if you pay attention to these tips from health and safety experts you can ride your bike safely even in bad weather:

Add Extra Reflectors When The Weather Is Rainy

On rainy days when it’s cloudy and dark outside your bike can be even harder for drivers to see when you’re cycling. Adding some extra reflectors to your bike in strategic spots will increase your visibility and lower the chances that you’ll be involved in an accident. Adding extra reflectors is an inexpensive and easy way to make sure that you are as visible as possible to others when you’re riding on a dark and rainy day.

Own the Road

Bike Lanes are not always available and if this is the case, do not be afraid to take up some of the road. If you try to remain in the shoulder you run the risk of dealing with cars opening their doors, debris and the curb. You might also find yourself stuck in between a passing car and one of those obstacles. If you take up some of the road, the car will have to wait and pass when there is plenty of room to do so. In addition, most accidents happen because the driver “didn’t see” the biker. Unfortunately it is important to do everything possible to increase visibility.

Stay Hydrated In The Heat

Extreme heat is becoming the new normal all around the country and people who love to bike and exercise outdoors need to pay attention to that. Heat related illness can be deadly. To stay healthy when riding your bike in the rain you need to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Invest in a high quality BPA free water bottle and always have a full bottle with you when you set off on a ride. If necessary, stop and refill it along the way. You should be drinking some water at least once every hour even if you don’t think that you’re thirsty.

Avoid Riding On Brick

Riding through the historic sections of a city or the picturesque brick paved streets in a small town can be a great way to get to know the city and enjoy some historical sites when you’re riding. However, if you’re riding in wet weather you should avoid those rustic brick paved streets because brick can be very slippery when wet and can cause you to have an accident. Even if you have good tires with a deep tread that are able to get good traction in wet weather riding on brick in the rain or snow can be dangerous. Avoid brick streets during wet weather and make those streets parts of your ride only when it’s dry.

Acclimate Indoors

It’s always a shock on your body when you go from a warm environment to a cold one, so it’s smart to acclimate to exercise indoors before you go outside to exercise. Stretching and doing some warm up exercises inside before you go outside and start your ride is recommended by fitness experts so that your body doesn’t struggle to adjust to the outdoor temperature when you go outside. Warming up inside will ensure that you are stretched, warmed up, and ready to exercise when you leave the house.

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DART, Rideshare Spread News at 87ers Game

DART and RidesShare Delaware were invited by the Delaware 87ers on Feb. 25 to provide a table with transit information at their home game at the Bob Carpenter Center on the University of Delaware Campus. There were several individuals, who visited our table, interested in regular and intercounty bus service, SEPTA Regional Rail, paratransit and RideShare Delaware. This invitation was offered through a trade agreement between DART and the Delaware 87ers from October 2016 to April 2017. DART provided a bus wrap on an intercounty bus between Wilmington and Dover to the Delaware 87ers for advertisement as well as two bus shelters in northern New Castle County. As a result, DART received the opportunity to participate as sponsor of the Delaware 87ers for the 2016-2017 season through advertising and other trade benefits.

Partner Spotlight – Christiana Care Health System

Christiana Care has been a member of RideShare Delaware since 2003 and a Gold Partner since June 2010. They are the largest private employer in Delaware with 11,000 employees located in various campuses throughout the state. RideShare Delaware is able to enhance their employee benefits with their to-and-from work transportation program.

Our partnership works with representatives throughout the Christian Care organization from new employee orientation, customer/administrative services, and public safety.

Current activities we coordinate:

  • Participation in the bi-weekly new employee orientations “Vital Needs Fair”
  • Transportation Day events with larger sites such as West End Café located at Christiana Care Hospital, Wilmington Hospital, and One Reads Way
  • A resource for DART First State services
  • Preferred Carpool Parking Program

 

Other transportation benefits Christiana Care offers:

  • A shuttle service operating from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. each day, traveling between Wilmington and Christiana Hospitals
  • for use by employees, patients, and visitors
  • On site DART bus shelter station
  • Electric charging stations for employees (6 at Christiana Hospital and 2 at Wilmington Hospital).
  • Access to Bike Racks and on-site shower facilities

 

RideShare Delaware recognizes Christiana Care for their outstanding commitment to employee health and wellness and thanks them for their partnership to make the State of Delaware a cleaner environment.

RideShare Delaware looks forward to working with and strengthening our partnership with Christiana Care Health System throughout Delaware by exploring and implementing new benefit options.

Bike Rider Wins Ride. Record. Reward!

David Latchko works at Siemens in Newark, Delaware and rides his bike to work. It is an 8 mile ride, which typically takes about 35 minutes opposed to driving a car, which takes about 20 minutes. David has been commuting this way for several years now. He may not be able to ride his bike everyday but when the weather allows he takes full advantage of it!

 

 

Meet our July Ride. Record. Reward! Winners

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Say hello to Deb! Deb is an avid clean commuter and tries to clean commute anyway possible. Currently  she lives and works in the Newark area  which enables her to frequently bike to her job at the University of Delaware. On days she can’t ride her bike in, she carpools into work still saving her money  while still clean commuting. Your commitment to clean commuting is an inspiration Deb!

 

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Doug  carpools with our winner from last month to their work at Siemens in Glasgow. Even though his ride lives  in Pennsylvania they both meet at a central location near Wilmington and share their ride to work every day. We applaud Doug’s effort of clean commuting to work and are proud to highlight his commitment to clean commuting.

Join DART and RideShare Delaware in celebrating National Dump the Pump Day!

11th Annual National Dump the Pump Day to be Held on June 16  “Dump the Pump.  Ride Public Transit.”

National Dump the Pump Day is a day to highlight the many benefits of using public transportation.  Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced today that it will join over 150 public transit agencies nationwide participating in the 11th annual Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16, to encourage the use to public transit.  From urban to suburban to rural communities, public transportation is a vital resource to Americans.  In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically competitive.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2016 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation.  Started in June 2006, when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money.  According to APTA’s June Transit Savings Report, individuals who ride public transit instead of driving can save, on average, more than $790 per month.

Public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban and rural communities. In fact, every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.  Additionally, public transportation offers job access to millions of Americans since nearly 60 percent of trips taken on public transit are work commutes.

WHAT: 11th Annual National Dump the Pump Day

WHERE: Delaware Transit Corporation-RIDESHARE Delaware and transit agencies nationwide

WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2016

So DTC encourages Delawareans to join millions of others across the country as they save money by riding public transportation during National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16.  Or if you are a frequent rider, take a friend along and remind them that using DART can save you big bucks if you “Dump the Pump” during your daily commute.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State.  For information on fixed route bus services statewide, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com

We celebrate our first Ride. Record. Reward! winners.

RideShare Delaware is pleased to announce the winners of our Ride. Record. Reward! Program for May 2016! This month RideShare Delaware launched its new incentives program that rewarded Delaware’s clean commuters.  Two lucky commuters were rewarded with a $25 giftcard from Wawa as our thanks for clean commuting.

Amy has been in our program for over ten years, and uses various ways to get to and from work. In May she used transit, carpooling, and biking to get to her job in downtown Wilmington. By using three different ways to get to work she was able to tally 157 miles of clean commuting throughout the month.  We thank Amy for her enthusiasm and dedication to all types of clean commuting

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Darrel and a fellow co-worker commute to and from their jobs in Wilmington. Throughout the month of May Darrel and his carpool partner took nearly 100 vehicle miles off the road! Darrel’s carpool partner is right on his way to work, making the drive in easy and sensible for both commuters.

Congratulations to our winners and remember if you didn’t win this month, continue to log your miles and you might just be one of our winners for June!

 

National Bike to School Day is May 16th!

Students ride their bikes into Reily Brown Elementary School

Dover — Biking to school helps kids stay physically active while lowering air pollution. That’s the message behind “National Bike To School Day,” which is being co-sponsored by the Delaware Department of Transportation on Thursday, May 16.

“If enough kids bike to school on a regular basis, we’ll help lower automobile emissions for the entire community. If enough kids do it, our environment will be better,” said DelDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator Sarah Coakley.

Coakley notes that National Bike To School Day is part of Bike Month, which encourages people to ride their bikes and leave their cars at home. One of the many schools participating in National Bike To School Day is W. Reily Brown Elementary School in Dover which will have groups of student bicyclists riding in to school from rendezvous points along Nathaniel Mitchell Road in Rodney Village, and from Kesselring Avenue in Mayfair. Dover Police will provide an escort to help ensure a safe ride to school.

“Safety has always been a concern for parents. Whenever there is a group of kids biking to school, we recommend that at least one adult bicycles in with them,” said Coakley.

Coakley says bicycling to school not only keeps kids physically active, but keeps them mentally sharp.

“There have been several recent studies linking physical activity to better academic performance. Kids who stay active also perform better academically,” Coakley said.

DelDOT Promotes Bicycle Month

Bicycling is an inexpensive and environmentally sensitive alternative to driving

Dover — The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is ‘pedaling’ Bicycle Month in May. During the month, DelDOT will sponsor a variety of events to raise public awareness about bicycling as an inexpensive and environmentally sensitive alternative to driving.

“Studies show that most motorists take trips that are three miles or less. For these people, bicycling is maybe a viable means of transportation for some of these trips. It’s more affordable and greener than driving a vehicle. There are health benefits and environmental benefits for bicyclists,” said DelDOT Senior Planner Anthony Aglio.

According to Aglio, the State Legislator’s Ride along with Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit will kick off Bicycle Month. On May 1, state legislators will ride their bicycles in the annual Legislative Bike Ride to Legislative Mall. Bikers will pedal 60 miles from Newark, 30 miles from Middletown, 24 miles from Milford, and 37 miles from Milton, to the finish line in Dover. Cyclists can register for the ride at www.bike.deldot.gov. 

May 8 will feature “Bike to School Day,” in which local school children will be encouraged to bike their way to school and then back home. DelDOT also supports those communities like Wilmington, Lewes, Dover and Newark which are conducting Bike to Work Days.

These events are designed not only to encourage people to bike, but also to promote safer roadways. Both bicyclists and motorists are asked to be more aware of each other and “see it both ways” while sharing the streets. DelDOT is also promoting better safety by installing new bicycle lanes on many roads, adding bicycle racks and lockers at Park & Ride facilities, and installing bike racks on fixed route buses. In Fiscal Year 2012, DelDOT invested $10 million for pathways and trails throughout the state.

Last year, Delaware leapt eight places in the League of American Bicyclists ranking of “bicycle friendly” states. Delaware was also the only state that the League chose to profile in its recent “Bicycle Friendly America” publication.

Wilmington Bike to Work Day – May 17th

Do you bike to work regularly? Or occasionally? Or have you thought about it but just never figured out how to manage the logistics? Save the date, Friday, May 17, and join others biking to work in Wilmington, and thousands across the country who will be biking to work that day.

There will be two receptions:

1)   From 8:00-9:30 at the H.B. DuPont Plaza (between Delaware Avenue, 11th Street and West Street; and

2)   Starting at 5:00 pm at the Monkey Hill Time Trials (the first event of the Wilmington Grand Prix bike races).

You can ride on your own, or join a group starting at 7:30 am from one of three different locations.  All three will end at the morning reception location.

See the Wilmington Bike to Work flier for more information.