Embracing Winter: On Two Wheels Adam “Cezar” Jenkins and any other year round cyclists in the audience who can chime in. A...
What is Bike Winter? <ul><li>Mantra: Every day is a great day to ride a bike! </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration, education and...
Who and Why <ul><li>Started in Chicago in 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps people biking and encourages car-free living  </li>...
Weather Myths Courtesy of Michael Brosilow
Weather Reality Courtesy of Jerome Hughes Courtesy of Cigdem Tunar
Most Weather is Great! (especially when you define winter as six months. . . ) With thanks to Bob Matter and www.weather.com
Reasons to Ride 365 <ul><li>Momentum </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Comfort   </li></ul><ul><li>Adventure </li...
Tips for Staying in the Saddle <ul><li>Layered </li></ul><ul><li>Lit </li></ul><ul><li>Located </li></ul><ul><li>Lubed </l...
Layers: No Sweat <ul><li>Core vs. Extremities </li></ul><ul><li>No cotton base layers </li></ul><ul><li>Wind/waterproof vs...
Lighting/Visibility <ul><li>Lights  and tape </li></ul><ul><li>Visibility from all sides </li></ul><ul><li>Search YouTube ...
Where and How to Ride <ul><li>Take your lane and follow the plows. </li></ul><ul><li>Beware black ice, metal bridges and i...
Our Bikes Suffer More Than We Do! <ul><li>Fenders help year round </li></ul><ul><li>Bounce off the gunk </li></ul><ul><li>...
Know Your Options <ul><li>Bike to transit. Lock with keyhole facing down. </li></ul><ul><li>Bike to and on transit. De-gun...
Disclaimer We at Bike Winter really, truly believe that bicycles are wonderful, reliable forms of year-round transportatio...
Stay Warm and in Touch! <ul><li>www.bikewinter.org  (including “Bicycle Beginner” blog by Holly Rhode) </li></ul><ul><li>w...
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  • Really appreciate the opportunity to be here and share how I grew to love or at least tolerate Chicago’s winters. I moved here from Virginia when I was 5, just in time for all the big snows of the mid and late 70’s. I pretty much spent the next two decades of my life being cold and miserable from November to April. Then, with the encouragement of friends, I started biking year round. I have been pitching the Bike Winter Cure All product ever since. Who else rode a bike here or has been in the saddle in the last two weeks? Who is interested in taking the winter biking plunge? Afterwards, let’s mill around to get into the details we might not be able to cover here.
  • Basic mantra Every day is a great day to ride a bike! I love the quote: There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Bike Winter strives to provide the inspiration, education and events to help people stay in the saddle year round. I love this picture b/c it shows a typical winter day—clear, crisp and doable. I am a mom too, and it’s funny--when I am on my bike with my son, people are so surprised and worried even though they would not raise an eyebrow if we were walking. Actually, I have had some eyebrows raised when out walking with him in the cold. But I think fresh air is even more important in the winter than the summer!
  • Started in Chicago in 1999 by local activists, many of whom met in Chicago’s Critical Mass rides. How do we keep the numbers up in winter? Response to Bike Summer (what chicago needs is a Bike Winter to avoid the drop off in cycling!) Keeps people biking and encourages car-free living I know of many people who have sold their cars or avoided becoming car owners once they figured out that their bikes were reliable forms of transportation year round. Spreading to other cities---Madison!! All volunteer, ever year new chairs. Julie Hochstadter and Lowell Nelson this year’s chairs, WttW pledge drive.
  • Chicago=blizzard in many people’s mind. My mom called from Maryland the other day “how are you doing with all the snow??? I hear you have a lot of snow!” Huh?? This recent dusting was newsworthy? My theory is that it gets sensationalized across the country b/c so many people are traumatized by flight delays here. But as Bob Matter, the Bike Winter meteorologist explains, the Bilandic effect clears streets quickly on the few days we get exciting weather. It seems each snowflake is met with 2 parts salt. . More on this later. I took the pic on the left—my husband, Michael Burton, who came up with the name Bike Winter. I fondly remember that messy, slow commute downtown. The pic on the right is of a different Michael’s son. If he can do it, we can, right?
  • Truth is—most? Many? days are crisp and clear. Yes, those are high wheel bikes pulling a trailer.
  • We define Bike Winter as the six months between Nov 1 and April 30, not to pad the numbers but to recognize that our weather changes in fits and starts. Cold rain starts knocking people out of the saddle in Nov if not before (hence our concerns about Bike Fall!) And April is no stranger to snow. But February is no stranger to 70 degrees either (71 is the record high). When you are in the biking/being outside habit all year, you are always ready to pounce on those days. The good news is: 2/3 rd of the Bike Winter days never go BELOW 21 degrees. That usually means highs in the 30’s or higher: prime weather for being outside.
  • What do you think are the benefits of biking year round? Momentum—a bike in motion stays in motion. No more sore butt in spring Health—battle holiday cookie binges and winter blues Comfort—never be cold (for long) again Adventure—I have lots of good storied to tell of catching blizzards on my tongue Convenience—no digging your car out or waiting for a crowded bus Budget—biking is a cheap date Car(e)free living—it’s another quiver in the transportation portfolio Fun!!—just like being a kid.
  • Layered--dressing Lit—being visible Located—tips on routes and lane placement Lubed—taking care of the bike that takes care of you Flexible—knowing your options
  • This is a picture of me after dropping out son off at school last week, during the first real cold snap. Will just explain what works for me. .. Others can chime in afterwards: Silk base layer on top (no cotton!) Regular top or sweater Smart wool socks Regular pants Maybe vest Windprood/water proof shell with pit zips Rain pants if it’s really cold or wet Balaclava or other head gear Helmet with lights Boots a little too big Glove/mitt combos Goggles on extreme days Nicer/walkaround coat for short trips
  • Lights and Tape Visibility from all sides Search YouTube for Chicago Bike Program videos
  • Take your lane and follow the plows, even down Western. Beware black ice, metal bridges and icy side streets—it’s OK to walk! Check Lakefront Trail conditions at www.activetrans.org.
  • Fenders help year round Bounce off the gunk Wipe off your rims Be generous with lube Book in a spa day Have more than one bike
  • Bike to transit. Lock with keyhole facing down. Bike to and on transit. De-gunk before boarding. Can I bring my bike on Metra right now? www.stevevance.net/metra/ Mechanical probs? Ditch the bike and walk/transit/cab it or call friend with car.
  • We at Bike Winter really, truly believe that bicycles are wonderful, reliable forms of year-round transportation. However, we would be lying if we didn&apos;t acknowledge that getting caught in a 34 degree downpour, or turning the corner into a 34 mph arctic wind can make you want to curse the skies, hail a cab and move to Arizona. You will get cold. You will get frustrated. You might have close calls or even fall. Just know that all-weather cycling does get easier with experience. Let the freedom, convenience and other benefits of two-wheeled living motivate you to roll up the learning curve. And when all else fails to lift your spirits after a particularly bruising commute, boil up some tea or grab a flask, pound your chest (might help the feeling come back to your fingers) and take pride in your sense of adventure.
  • www.bikewinter.org (including “Bicycle Beginner” blog by Holly Rhode) www.thechainlink.org (Bike Winter Group) [email_address] Remember to get a sticker and wiggle your toes!
  • Fos bike winter

    1. 1. Embracing Winter: On Two Wheels Adam “Cezar” Jenkins and any other year round cyclists in the audience who can chime in. A big thank you to Bike Winter for the Slide Show template!
    2. 2. What is Bike Winter? <ul><li>Mantra: Every day is a great day to ride a bike! </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration, education and events to help people stay in the saddle year round. </li></ul>Courtesy of Liz Durham
    3. 3. Who and Why <ul><li>Started in Chicago in 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps people biking and encourages car-free living </li></ul><ul><li>Spreading to other cities </li></ul><ul><li>All volunteer </li></ul>
    4. 4. Weather Myths Courtesy of Michael Brosilow
    5. 5. Weather Reality Courtesy of Jerome Hughes Courtesy of Cigdem Tunar
    6. 6. Most Weather is Great! (especially when you define winter as six months. . . ) With thanks to Bob Matter and www.weather.com
    7. 7. Reasons to Ride 365 <ul><li>Momentum </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Comfort </li></ul><ul><li>Adventure </li></ul><ul><li>Convenience </li></ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Car-light living </li></ul><ul><li>Fun!! </li></ul>
    8. 8. Tips for Staying in the Saddle <ul><li>Layered </li></ul><ul><li>Lit </li></ul><ul><li>Located </li></ul><ul><li>Lubed </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul>Courtesy of Lorena Cupcake
    9. 9. Layers: No Sweat <ul><li>Core vs. Extremities </li></ul><ul><li>No cotton base layers </li></ul><ul><li>Wind/waterproof vs breathability </li></ul><ul><li>Think about tolerance for changing clothes at destination </li></ul>Courtesy of Ash Lottes
    10. 10. Lighting/Visibility <ul><li>Lights and tape </li></ul><ul><li>Visibility from all sides </li></ul><ul><li>Search YouTube for Chicago Bike Program videos </li></ul>Courtesy of Don Sorsa
    11. 11. Where and How to Ride <ul><li>Take your lane and follow the plows. </li></ul><ul><li>Beware black ice, metal bridges and icy side streets—it’s OK to walk! </li></ul>Courtesy of Chris Eves
    12. 12. Our Bikes Suffer More Than We Do! <ul><li>Fenders help year round </li></ul><ul><li>Bounce off the gunk </li></ul><ul><li>Wipe off your rims </li></ul><ul><li>Be generous with lube </li></ul><ul><li>Have more than one bike </li></ul>Courtesy of Michael Young
    13. 13. Know Your Options <ul><li>Bike to transit. Lock with keyhole facing down. </li></ul><ul><li>Bike to and on transit. De-gunk before boarding. Can I bring my bike on Metra right now? www.stevevance.net/metra/ </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanical probs? Ditch the bike and walk/transit/car. </li></ul>Courtesy of metrarail.com and transitchicago.com
    14. 14. Disclaimer We at Bike Winter really, truly believe that bicycles are wonderful, reliable forms of year-round transportation. However, we would be lying if we didn't acknowledge that getting caught in a 34 degree downpour, or turning the corner into a 34 mph arctic wind can make you want to curse the skies, hail a cab and move to Arizona. You will get cold. You will get frustrated. You might have close calls or even fall. Just know that all-weather cycling does get easier with experience. Let the freedom, convenience and other benefits of two-wheeled living motivate you to roll up the learning curve. And when all else fails to lift your spirits after a particularly bruising commute, boil up some tea or grab a flask, pound your chest (might help the feeling come back to your fingers) and take pride in your sense of adventure.
    15. 15. Stay Warm and in Touch! <ul><li>www.bikewinter.org (including “Bicycle Beginner” blog by Holly Rhode) </li></ul><ul><li>www.thechainlink.org (Bike Winter Group) </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Bikers’ Tricks and Tips by Dave Glowacz </li></ul>Questions? Courtesy of Holly Rhode

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