Rain can be particularly hazardous for cyclists. When it rains, the ground gets slippery, your bicycle’s brakes may not work as well, and visibility — both yours and that of motorists — decreases. If you ever get caught in the rain, ride conservatively: Use your bike lights, avoid roads with heavy traffic, yield to cars at intersections, and start slowing down before you turn to avoid skidding in the turn. If you are on a low-traffic street or on a bike path, ride in the center of the lane and not on the side, where puddles and wet leaves may collect. “Dragging” your brakes, or putting a little pressure on them as you ride, can help to remove water from your tire rims, making it easier to stop with your brakes when you need to.
Last but not least, if you ever feel unable to control your bike — because of rain or anything else — stop and get off. You may get delayed (that’s why you brought your cell phone) or wetter than you otherwise would get, but you will be alive and able to take another bike ride when conditions are more favorable.