- Mar 12, 2020
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I saw that youtube video and guess what, none of the residents in Europe were wearing helmets. Geez, we have a law that requires everybody to wear helmets while riding a bike, even in the winter! Maybe we should remove the helmet requirement for cyclists using dedicated bike lanes. They also mention that snow removal was the most important factor preventing people from riding bikes during winter. So we are spending 100 million on brand new bike lanes without any attention to proper snow removal and ignoring the inconvenience of wearing a helmet. That doesn't encourage me to ride a bike.I like this from the story:
Edmontonian Nicola Dinicola started cycling through the winter months in 2018.
“I’m just a normal person, average fitness,” she said. “Kind of lazy, unmotivated, sometimes cheap. So it’s really handy to not have a car and not worry about parking or insurance or maintenance.”
Dinicola said her cutoff point is around -20 or -25 degrees with the windchill.
“If it was hard, I probably would not do it because I am not one of those with something to prove. I’m just cheap and I just want to roam free,” she said.
Story also talks about how 'normalized' winter cycling has become over time in places like Finland. It was -17C the day this pic was taken there and 1,000 of the 1,200 kids at this school get there by bike.
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Fail to prepare, then prepare to fail!