Monday, January 22, 2018
What is stopping women cycling? ◾Don't boast of your long rides ◾Don't cultivate a "bicycle face" ◾Don't refuse assistance up a hill Just some of the advice given to female cyclists just over 100 years ago. We'll be chatting to Gary Philipson about getting more women out of cars and onto bikes on BBC Tees between 4 and 6pm this evening. An interesting read from the BBC's website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-41737483 View Post
Avoid Slips and Falls in Icy Winter Conditions
Slips and trips increase significantly during the Autumn and Winter months. Darker mornings and evenings, moss and decaying leaves on pathways as well as snow and ice are all contributing factors.
RoSPA is a great source of information on all aspects of safety and has top advice on avoiding slips, trips and falls in the winter weather – we have listed them below but for more information click through to their website.
- Wear sturdy footwear, with a good grip - you can always change into other footwear when you have reached your destination
- If you've got Nordic walking poles (or similar), use them
- Take it slowly and allow yourself extra time to get from A to B, so you don't find yourself having to make a last minute dash to get to the bus etc.
- Keep an eye on what is underfoot. Some places will remain icy for longer than others (e.g. places that do not get the sun)
- If you have neighbours who are elderly/disabled/new mums etc. offer to pop to the shops for them
- If councils have provided grit bins so people can treat public areas not included on the usual gritter route, use them - but don't remove vast quantities for your own personal use.
For employers the Health and Safety Executive has information on preventing employee slips and injury both on the way to and from work as well as inside your workplace.
This advice includes looking at your site, asking your staff and even shadowing their activities to ensure that steps are taken to reduce risks across your premises as well as when employees are arriving and leaving work on foot.