Los Angeles provides cyclists with good enough weather to ride year-round. However, October through April is the rainy season. Whether you make your living as a courier or enjoy biking as a recreational activity, rain does not need to stop you.
According to People Powered Movement, California’s bicycle death rate is above the national average. Rain and poor visibility during the colder months do not help. Continue reading for tips on remaining safe during the rainy season.
Wear glasses and a baseball cap
A good, brimmed hat will go a long way toward improving your visibility. Use one in combination with cycling glasses to ensure you have a clear view of the road.
Install lights and wear bright clothing
Cars will have a difficult time seeing cyclists in the rain. Plus, many drivers will not be on the lookout for bikes during wet weather. Install lights on the front and rear of your bike, and wear the brightest gear you have. Invest in your safety if you plan on riding during the rainy season.
Check the weather forecast
With the proper preparation, riding in a light downpour is ok. Do not take your bike out if you see lightning or if rain is heavy enough to reduce visibility. Couriers who rely on their bikes to make a living should ask their employers about riding policies during poor weather.
California is a great place to live with weather that is amenable to riding your bike all year. Unfortunately, drivers are less likely to be on the lookout for bikers in rainy weather. Exercise good judgment, and have a plan for navigating the roads during rainfall.