The coldest weather I’ve ever biked was 20° below zero F (about -30°C) in Champaign, Illinois.
I had just moved to Champaign from Fort Worth, Texas, so this was pretty cold for me. It was only a couple of miles from work, but cold is cold so I thought I’d drive to work. My Corolla turned over but didn’t start. The Grand Am (my mother’s car that I was borrowing) gave no signs of life at all.
So I hopped on my Centurion and biked to work. And it really wasn’t that bad.
It was a pleasant 50° F / 10°C when I left the house this morning near Santa Cruz, California. I’m not sure I’d like your weather in the Midwest today. Ross also kind of brags about his winter bike ride in Sacramento.
Bicycling through the snow. Photo (CC-BY-NC-ND) by Ork de Rooij .
Mebbe if you’re in the upper Midwest with those frigid temps, you’ll want this hipster neck warmer for $105. My personal favorite to keep neck and face warm was the Seirus Ultraclava. Fleece lined, comfortable, and the breathing holes mean my glasses don’t fog up, and neoprene lining means it doesn’t get all soaked and nasty from breath condensation.
Carlton: “It’s hard not to be a smug cyclist when you can ride up ice.” More.
From Minneapolis: It’s a blizzard. Grab your bike.
Bikeshares and winter hibernation.
Canada’s first and North America’s largest public bike program is not the only system that is shutting up shop for the winter months. Bike systems in Denver, the Twin Cities, Nashville, and Washington state are shutting down until springtime. Bike maintenance, rider safety concerns, and expected low winter ridership are amongst the reasons systems will be shut over the next few months.
Bike To Work Vancouver tweets, ” A 3% reduction in car traffic can result in a 30% reduction in traffic congestion.” Does somebody know where to find a cite for that stat?
Planetizen: Bike lanes increase road capacity. Empirically so!
UC Berkeley bicycle crackdown has students
Anti-cyclist road rage Down Under.
Urban St Louis: Why doesn’t someone tell you to drive less?
When you become a new parent you are told many things. “By far the biggest killer of children is car crashes” isn’t one of them.
Children in St. Louis are much more likely to die or be injured in a car crash than by illness or any other means. The overwhelming threat to the safety of our children is not a gun shot, not a mugging, not an accident in the home and not Whooping Cough.
I realize there’s no money to be made from telling someone to drive less, but what would it take to have people better understand the one thing they could easily do less of that would make their children more safe?
Streetsblog, rear view cameras, and SUV safety.
Urbanophile on on civic leadership, city planning and inflexible thinking:
While they were well-intentioned, smart, good at business, good at their technical specialty, and excellent at things like fund raising and building community support for initiatives, they simply weren’t up on the latest and greatest thinking in the urbanism space. They weren’t bad leaders or bad people at all – they just had gaps in their knowledge and thinking about cities.
“Bicycle Thieves” movie review.
Bikes, bridges, and opportunity.
Another fun winter cycling goodie from Carlton: Spike to School Day.