Use common sense and good judgment when deciding whether to embark on, or continue, bicycle rides in inclement weather or when a high heat index has been posted by the National Weather Service.
In rainy conditions, pavement and any metal material (e.g. manhole covers and railroad tracks) can become slick, as can road striping. In addition, braking distance is greatly increased and visibility can be severely compromised. Puddles can conceal potholes and other defects in the road surface. Auto drivers may have a difficult time seeing riders on the roadway, particularly when fog and raindrops obscure their vision.
In windy conditions, tree limbs can fall unexpectedly either onto the roadway or onto bicycle riders. Moreover, bike control may be difficult to maintain, particularly with crosswinds.
If the weather looks at all threatening, be sure to check local media outlets or the national weather service before starting a bike ride. Kalamazoo Bicycle Club policy with respect to National Weather Service severe weather warnings is as follows:
- In the event of a TORNADO WARNING – where a tornado or funnel cloud has been sighted in the area or has been identified on radar – all KBC events, including regular club rides, time trials, and special rides will automatically be canceled.
- In the event of a TORNADO WATCH – where conditions are conducive to tornado formation – or a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued, riders may ride regular evening club rides at their own risk. Club ride leaders might not be present at times when tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings have been posted. Club rides, time trials and special rides may be canceled, at the discretion of the ride leader or event organizer, in the event of a tornado watch or severe thunderstorm notification.