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January 30, 2009
Biking in winter is a fun, healthy way to travel
  
Biking is an activity that can be done throughout the year - including winter. That was the message of a group of cyclists led by Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee, during the annual Coldest Day of the Year Ride.

“Biking in Toronto is an all-seasons activity,” said Councillor Heaps (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), an avid cyclist who rides his bike in the winter season. “Biking in winter is just like any other time of the year - you need to dress for the weather, have the proper equipment and ride safely.”

Councillor Heaps and about 75 other cyclists rode their bikes from Toronto City Hall to the Fairmont Royal York Hotel today to show that biking in winter is a viable transportation alternative. The City of Toronto is encouraging residents to consider using their bikes in the winter since it helps reduce traffic congestion and doesn’t contribute to climate change.

“There are a number of benefits to biking all year round,” added Councillor Heaps. “It’s great for your health and good for the environment too. And, this year, the City is ensuring that the Martin Goodman Trail is accessible for cyclists during the winter season to encourage even more people to take their bikes.”

Here are some tips for winter biking:
• Dress properly. Wear layers of clothing and use clothes that will block the wind
• Leave extra time - cycle more slowly in snowy conditions
• Take curves at a slower pace and avoid leaning on the bicycle. Keep the bike perpendicular for maximum traction
• Use full fenders to stay dry
• Lessen tire pressure to the low end of the recommended range to increase traction
• Use wider tires for extra traction.

For more tips and other information about winter biking, visit the website at http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/bikewinter.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca


 

 

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