Should this ‘Pinko‘ be controversial?
AM 570’s Jeff Allan asked to interview someone from WaterlooBikes about winter cycling (should be around 10.30AM December 8). It’s likely a follow up on a Record article by Terry Pender that ran in this weekend’s daily profiling local cyclists who keep pedaling when the snow falls. Terry kindly made mention to WaterlooBikes.
As much as I’d like winter cycling to be an extreme sport it’s not. Much of my opinion can be summed up by UrbanCountry’s post who chides us North Americans on our tendency to over-complicate.
Is it something seasonal cyclists should consider? Yes, winter cycling is akin to going for a long walk in the cold. For much of the winter, roads are dry. It’s just a bit colder so dress as if you were going for a long walk.
Is it dangerous? No more than driving a car or walking in the winter. Depending on the road conditions you may wish to stay away from busy roads or depending on the weather it may be prudent to stay off the roads.
Do you need special equipment? You may want winter tires, a toque, some gloves, good shoes, ensure you’re visible (working headlights and rear tail lights) and ensure you’re bike is properly maintained ….. sounds like driving again.
Doesn’t sound too controversial, we’ll leave that to Grapes. No sense being ‘Fordian’, all we want to do is raise awareness that for some there is an alternative to the car.
[Refer to the follow up post for the interview details]