7 Safe Transit Riding Tips for Winter Weather
Winter weather is upon us once again in Central Illinois. Taking CityLink is a great alternative transportation option when you want to avoid the hassle of driving in poor weather conditions. Not only are CityLink buses safe and reliable, they are also heated and allow you to relax during your daily commutes when the weather is poor.
These are 7 safe riding tips we recommend you take into consideration when you ride CityLink during winter weather:
- Plan extra time in your commute. During periods of heavy snow and ice, buses, like traffic, may fall behind schedule. Passengers are encouraged to plan extra time into their commute.
- Use the Trip Planner feature on our website to find the most convenient routes and plan your trip in advance!
- Be cautious when boarding in areas with ice and snow banks. In areas covered with snow and ice or blocked by a snow bank, please wait back on the sidewalk, or at a cleared driveway or corner. DO NOT stand in the street or wait at the top of a snow bank.
- Try to clean off snow from shoes prior to boarding the bus. Keeping shoes as clean as possible before boarding the bus helps prevent the bus floors from getting wet and slippery.
- Be careful when boarding buses. Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before trying to board. Melting snow and ice can make bus floors slippery. Make sure to hold handrails when boarding, walking or standing inside the bus.
- Avoid crowding the curb line as the bus approaches the bus stop. Standing too close to the curb is always dangerous, but even more so during inclement weather.
- Take extra measures when commuting at night. Hold a flashlight so that the driver can see you waiting at a stop. If possible, wear reflective apparel or safety bands on your coat or other clothing. Reflective clothing is always recommended for children when traveling at night.
- Remember to always dress appropriately for the weather. What you wear can make a big impact on how cold weather affects you. Watching the local news for the forecast is one of the easiest ways to stay informed on upcoming weather and how to prepare for it.