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8 Smart Riding Tips For Winter Weather

It may not officially be winter on the calendar, but the season’s weather is now upon us. As you ride the bus in the snow and cold, there are a few good habits you can practice to ensure smarter and safer travel this winter. Here are eight bus riding tips for a smoother commute:

1. Dress warmly. Safe winter bus travel begins with warm and visible attire. Since winter road conditions affect all traffic, expecting bus delays means dressing appropriately for the cold. Start with a few layers of warm clothing and don’t forget to wear a hat or hood and gloves. Snow boots are also important for wading through deep snow.Children riding The Rapid.

2. Be visible. On dark winter mornings and evenings, it’s important that you make yourself visible to an approaching bus. Signal your presence with a small blinker light or flashlight. If you don’t have any reflective gear, wearing light-color clothing is helpful for ensuring drivers can see you.

3. Stand back. When your bus arrives, be sure to put some distance between you and the vehicle. Icy roads can lead to slipping wheels, so protect yourself by stepping back from the curb or arrival area and farther into the safe zone of the sidewalk.

4. Wait in a cleared place. When weather is heavy, bus stops may be completely covered in snow and ice. If possible, avoid standing knee-deep in snow. Stay comfortable by standing in the nearest cleared area and waving the vehicle down. Rapid bus operators are trained to pick up passengers in driveways or the nearest cleared area during poor weather conditions. Plus, your dry toes will thank you.

5. Step carefully. While our buses feature non-slip floors, it’s important to step with care regardless. Use handrails when boarding the bus to ensure your safety.

6. Expect delays. Winter weather conditions affect all traffic. During these times we are working to get you safely to your destination, and buses move only as quickly as traffic allows. If there is snow or ice, consider taking an earlier bus to ensure that you arrive at your destination on time.

7. Be kind to your driver. Please be respectful to your driver despite delays. If your bus is late, remember that your driver is doing his or her best to make sure you arrive at your destination despite bad road conditions.

8. Stay connected to service information. Before you leave to catch your bus, get the latest updates on detours:

– Check the Alerts & Detours page on ridetherapid.org or m.ridetherapid.org (mobile).
– Track your bus in real time and check public service message on Rapid Connect.
– Call 776-1100 to speak to a Rapid Customer Information Representative.
– Sign up to get route alerts and public service messages to your email inbox or via text message.
– Follow The Rapid on Twitter and/or Facebook.
– Check local TV and radio stations when severe weather conditions occur.

Remember these tips for safer and smarter travel throughout the winter.

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Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.