It’s really warming up in our neck of the woods; yesterday it topped out at around 104F. When summer temps start reaching these heights, we adjust our normal routines and take some of the following steps to stay safe and healthy:
- Carry plenty of water. This one seems self-evident, but it’s often overlooked by transpo bicyclists since we’re not officially “exercising”.
- Dress appropriately. Again, self-evident. When it’s hot out, we wear light, loose fitting, breathable clothing. When temps approach the triple digits, we’ll also carry a change of clothes to work.
- Plan trips for early and late. We check the weather report every evening during the peak of summer, and when it’s going to be a scorcher, we plan our errand runs for before 10am or after 7pm.
- Take advantage of transit. If we must ride during the hottest part of the hottest days, we minimize our exposure by taking advantage of transit.
- Throw in the Towel. On days when the heat is just too much, we’ll telecommute or simply save whatever it is for another day.
We’ve found that planning ahead and using a little common sense goes a long way toward taking the edge off of the most intensely hot days of summer.