06 January 2010
Tips of the iceberg: Guide to cycling in the snow
Typical, isn't it? London has only a dusting this morning, but just because the rest of the country is blanketed in snow, it dominates the news. That's our nation-centric media for you.
Anyway, we've only got a light carapace of slushy white stuff here - just enough to show footprints. Clearly the foxes in our back garden have been investigating the gardening shoes left outside the door again.
So I don't think the Guardian bike blog's guide to survival in a whiteout is necessary here just yet. But, in case we get more flaky stuff in the capital later today, here's the Real Cycling Guide to Cycling in the Snow.
• Plan your route carefully - for example around pubs, branches of Ask and Carluccio's etc, in case you need refuge
• Set out with equipment you might need in case of blizzard, such as a camera to take pictures of stranded cars for the BBC website
• Throwing snowballs may look fun, but it can be dangerous and distressing for those targeted - worth remembering when drivers cut you up on an icy Waterloo roundabout
• Beware ice. Most whisky is best neat anyway.
• Preparation is everything: make sure you have your whinges about council gritters all ready in case of media interviews
• If stopping to make a snowman, avoid charges of racism and sexism by not making him male or white
• Though they may look identical as they come out of nowhere to land on you, no two white vans are exactly the same
Ah, it's started snowing again...