Winter bicycling

Slowly but surely North America is realizing that a bike culture can exist all year long even in cities where it’s cold and snowy.

European countries, most notably Denmark and The Netherlands, already have thousands of people biking year round. It’s now a part of their culture. In this country it’s still out there – on the fringe.

Ottawa, Canada is working on creating a bike culture. In a city that gets 88 inches of snow a year, they are starting to build a bike infrastructure which will support those who wish to pedal through the winter.

In a quote in an article in The Atlantic Cities, a man who founded the Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project said “if you want people to start moving a little more on bicycle, you need to make it convenient and easy for them.”

Amen to that.

Jan

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