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Spring Ready - Active Travel

Make the most of the change in weather with these tips

Spring is here - evenings are getting lighter, it's rainy but warming up, and the birds are starting to sing again. It's the perfect time to get more active! 

In the spirit of spring cleaning, now is a great time to check over your equipment. If you're cycling or wheeling, check the brakes, tyres, lights and chain, and make any necessary adjustments. Keep an eye out for Dorset Police's bike tagging events, too!

Following these tips can make for a warmer, drier and more pleasant journey and help you increase your activity levels.

Walkers and cyclists on a path in Kings Park

Plan your route 

  • Spring weather is notoriously changeable, so check the forecast before heading out and be prepared for any sudden changes in conditions.
  • Prior to heading off on your ride/walk/run, consider the routes that may be less affected by bad weather. This could save you some time and make the journey more comfortable.
  • Does your route head alongside a river or coastline? Could this route be waterlogged or flooded, stopping you from making progress?
  • Be aware of the environment you are in, the path or road surface and the other people using it. Be particularly careful when there are leaves on the ground as these can be very slippery.
  • If it's rainy, give yourself more time to stop to avoid slipping or skidding and hurting yourself or others. 
  • Watch out for roadworks. Spring is a popular time for construction, which can disrupt cycle routes and pedestrian walkways. Keep an eye out for signage and be prepared to follow a different route if necessary.
  • If you spot something on your travels that could pose a hazard, such as a pothole or blocked drain, please report it via the council’s website so it can be dealt with as soon as possible.

Prepare your equipment 

  • Make sure you have good traction on the soles of your shoes. Clean off the mud from yesterday's walk or run.
  • Similarly, ensure that you have good tread on your tyres.
  • Running your tyres at lower pressures will increase the size of your contact with the road. Go for the fattest tyre that will fit your frame and reduce the pressure in your tyres a little to just below the recommended levels.
  • If you're cycling after sunset, when it's foggy or in poor visibility, remember to stay safe and be seen by wearing reflective or high-vis outer-layers. Make sure you equip your bike with lights, front and back, as this is a legal requirement at night.
  • Consider attaching mud guards to bikes to stop any unwanted spray from mud or puddles.
  • Do you have allergies? Spring is the season for hayfever - if you know you suffer from this, make sure to bring things you know will help, such as antihistamines or a face mask.

Water-resistant items

  • Waterproof coats, trousers and bags can all improve your walk, run or ride, keeping you and your clothes dry.



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