The Joy, Pain And Numbness Of Winter Cycling

Book - 2014
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"The bicycle is fast becoming a ubiquitous form of transportation in cities all over the world, making our urban spaces more efficient, more livable and healthier. But many of those bicycles disappear into basements and garages when the warm months end, parked there by owners fearful of the cold, snow and ice that winter brings. But does it have to be that way? Canadian writer and journalist Tom Babin started questioning this dogma after being stuck in winter commuter traffic one dreary and cold December morning and dreaming about the happiness that bicycle commuting had brought him all summer long. So he did something about it. He pulled on some thermal underwear, dragged his bike down from the rafters of his garage and set out on a mission to answer a simple but beguiling question: is it possible to happily ride a bike in winter? That question took him places he never expected. Over years of trial and error, research and more than his share of snow and ice, he discovered an unknown history of biking for snow and ice, and a new generation designed to make riding in winter safe and fun. He unearthed the world's most bike-friendly winter city and some new approaches to winter cycling from places all over the world. He also looked inward, to discover how the modern world shapes our attitudes toward winter. And perhaps most importantly, he discovered the unique kind of bliss that can only come by pedalling through softly falling snow on a quiet winter night"--Publisher's description.
Publisher: Surrey, BC : Rocky Mountain Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781771600484
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 18 cm


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SCL_Heather Aug 24, 2017

Is it possible to happily ride a bike in winter? After being stuck in winter commuter traffic one dreary and cold December, writer and journalist Tom Babin set out on a mission to answer this question.

Broken into three sections, The Bike, The City, The Attitude, this book looks at the various internal and external factors which most affect the intrepid winter cyclist. I was particularly intrigued by Babin’s visits to more cycle friendly cities in Europe to look at how cities can make their infrastructure more bike-friendly like clearing bike paths of snow before clearing the roads or synchronizing traffic lights for cyclists.

Even if you’re among the number of people who think the very idea of cycling in a Canadian winter is utter madness, this book offers food for thought for anyone who enjoys cycling or just wants to develop a more positive attitude to embracing the Canadian winter.

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