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4 tips for taking transit during a heatwave

4 tips for taking transit during a heatwave

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Metro Vancouver with record-breaking temperatures on the calendar.

We’re quite used to more temperate weather in Metro Vancouver, so it might get a little uncomfortable. Before you head out out the door, here are four tips for taking transit during a heatwave.

1. Plan ahead

Know before you go! The best way to beat the heat is to be prepared and plan ahead. Follow @TransLink on Twitter for up-to-date transit information, check the Transit Alerts page, and plan your trip using our Trip Planner tool before you go. As with your regular commute, plan to arrive at your starting point a little early to ensure you aren’t running to catch transit. This will also give you time to recuperate between transfers. Where possible, look to adjust your travel times so you’re not travelling during the hottest times of the day.

2. Dress smart

White or light coloured, breathable clothing is always a good idea when taking transit during a heatwave. As with winter travel, choose clothing that is easy to layer off and on as temperatures can change when you’re boarding and alighting different modes. Lastly, don’t forget the sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses — being on transit doesn’t protect you from harmful UV rays!

3. Stay hydrated

When taking transit during a heatwave, make sure to grab a bottle of water or other hydrating fluid before you head out the door. Easy access to a refreshing beverage can go a long way in curbing overheating. Staying hydrated will also help better regulate your body temperature and help keep you hydrated throughout a hot day.

4. Keep cool

When commuting by bike, look for narrow roads or bike paths with big trees and greenery. Finding shade can help make your commute cooler and more enjoyable. Consider waiting for the next SkyTrain, Mark II and Mark III are fully air-conditioned, so if it’s possible to wait for the next train, do it. Look for a shady spot, or use a covered bus shelter while waiting for your bus, and consider finding a route with a newer, air-conditioned vehicle like one of our RapidBuses.

And perhaps one of the best tips for taking transit during a heatwave is by going somewhere cool! Transit takes you to the beach, the spray-park, and everywhere in between!

What are your tried, tested and true tips for taking transit during a heat wave?