There's some pretty heavy snow and very cold weather across the UK right now. With a little preparation there's no need to let the weather stop you biking to work - or anywhere else for that matter!
Here are seven tips to help you beat the Beast from the East:
Check the weather: if you're in the middle of a red warning or one is coming into effect soon, don't go out on your bike (in fact, try not to go out at all). A healthy dose of common sense is always advisable in poor conditions.
Wrap up warm: gloves, a multitube/scarf/snood to keep your neck warm, a windproof jacket and something over your ears (earbags, anyone?)
Plan your route: main roads should be gritted so they're a better bet, especially if there's a risk of ice.
Slow down and plan your maneouvres: your stopping distance - and everyone else's - will be longer in snow, ice and wet, so give yourself extra time and space by slowing down and taking the time to plan, signal and execute maneouvres safely
Adapt your setup: if you've got a mountain bike, now's the time to use it; consider lowering your saddle to give you extra traction and control.
Enjoy! Riding in snow can be hugley rewarding and lots of fun, so stay safe and enjoy the ride!
If in doubt, don't go out. If you don't feel confident or safe riding in the snow, give your bike a break and walk it instead.
If you do go out, please share your photo with us on Twitter or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) - the best picture/video will win a Proviz jacket and gloves!