With all the Olympic road closures in February, it may be easier to get around on two wheels instead of four.
That’s the message the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) took to a workshop at Thompson Community Centre in Richmond last night, to offer tips on commuting via pedal power in the winter and how to navigate streets during the Olympics.
Chris Keam, communications co-ordinator for VACC, said he expects more cyclists than usual on the streets during the Olympics because of roadblocks and parking restrictions, making driving a pain. VACC is hoping to educate cyclists on how to ride in the rain, be safe in traffic and visible at night.
“Safety is the key factor,” he said. “You need to be visible and predictable. (Wear) lights, safety vests and reflecting stripes … and signal when you’re turning and be in the right position on the road.”
Keam said to stay dry, all you need is a poncho, galoshes and rain pants over your clothes.
For information on bike routes during the Games visit olympichostcity.vancouver.ca/gettingaround/biking.