Make all-season cycling a breeze! Cycle Toronto will cover topics including: recommended clothing for cold and wet cycling seasons, bicycle care and maintenance tips, route-planning, and safe riding techniques to deal with different weather-related hazards.
Great piece by People for Bikes:
Believe it or not, some of the most bike-friendly cities in North America are in places known for serious winters. Minneapolis, MN, Madison, WI and Vancouver, BC all boast healthy populations of year-round cyclists. How is it that those midwestern winters don’t send the local bicycling population scrambling for their car keys?
Part of the answer lies in the infrastructure. Plowed and salted bicycle trails as well as wide, accomodating streetscapes give riders in those places a safe, easy path to where they’re going in any weather. However, even outside of those bicycle utopias, a healthy percentage of bicycle commuters keep rolling through the winter.
Sidewalks are only one piece of the puzzle to reduce car dependency and encourage yearlong active transportation. In 2014, the city introduced a desired pavement condition for bike lanes and in 2015 several bike lanes were prioritized for service at an estimated cost of $650,000 per year. Extending snow clearance to bike lanes is a logical extension of increasing the network of cycling infrastructure since winter ridership maximizes the return on investment.
Awful headline to this story (below – come on, CBC, you are better than this), but the simplicity and sense of accomplishment with winter cycling out weighs any detriments.
“We’ve really lost our connection to winter because we’ve gotten so good at avoiding it. You really can go all winter without ever getting outside and I think that sort of bred a bit of fear inside all of us,” he says.Drudi says that while she felt pretty tough after cycling through that Ottawa winter, she says it’s really not extreme.
Fall bike rides in Toronto are a great activity through mid-November until the temperature drop. Mountain bikers in particular have it made in autumn, when trails become surrounded by blazing foliage.
Here are my picks for where to take a bike ride in Toronto during the fall.