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No sympathy from Ron

December 19, 2012

From Ron Richings:

A little cold and snowy for a bike ride this week?  Weather too much for your tender body?

Click here and read about a city in Finland (200 km below the Arctic Circle) that has a 12 percent cycling mode share IN WINTER!

Or, across the Baltic, in the city of Imea, Sweden:

Umea Sweden

– From Copenhagenize.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jason permalink
    December 19, 2012 11:39 am

    I would have been more than happy to ride my bike yesterday and today – however I don’t feel like playing dodge the car on Lougheed Highway with idiots who don’t know how to drive for the conditions and/or are driving poorly equipped vehicles!

    If I had a decent off-road route between Port Coquitlam and Braid Station, I would have been on my bike. Once I hit Braid Station, there are enough quiet designated bike routes to make it to my final destination.

  2. December 19, 2012 12:15 pm

    Ouch, lets get real here. When it is cold enough snow sticks to tires, as you can see in the photo above (maybe -5c or colder). Most of the time here on the coast it is not cold enough to cycle safely on snow in most locations – unless the bike routes are cleared of snow and salted. Then is is quite reasonable to walk over a block or two and ride on the bike route.

    Anyone out there know how the City of Vancouver is doing with clearing and salting the bike routes this winter? I think they did a fairly good job last year, or at least improved their practices. (I noticed that the leaf clearing on the 10th Ave route really sucked this year.)

  3. guest permalink
    December 20, 2012 4:45 am

    You can tell the snow in the pic looks crisp and dry.
    Here, it’s either slushy or icy.
    I’d jog in the snow shown in the pic – I seldom jog in the snow here.
    It’s like skiing at Whistler versus Big White….

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