Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 18th, 2011 at 4:06 pm
(Photo © J. Maus)
If you thought wet and slimy leaves were sketchy; wait until you encounter black ice. When you hit it, there’s sometimes little you can do to stay upright.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation says winter weather is on the way and freezing temps could hit as early as tonight. Mix in clogged up drains and wet bike lanes and you’ve got the recipe for some seriously slippery riding.
Here’s how PBOT described it in an advisory press release sent out a few hours ago:
“Black ice is treacherous because it is hard to see. It forms when roads are wet and temperatures drop to freezing. Even though the roads look like they are just wet, they can be very slick. The traveling public is advised to be especially careful on bridges, overpasses, tunnels, and in shady spots. These areas freeze first and thaw last.”
If you’re worried about how to ride on black ice, the best advice is to just avoid it. If that’s not possible, the BTA shared some great tips today such as lowering your tire pressure (better traction) and saddle height (lower center of gravity), taking turns more gradually and laying off the front brakes.
For specific updates on conditions for the streets on your routes, check out PublicAlerts.org. Take care out there and enjoy the weekend!