winter cycling

Fall / Spring Riding Tips

Fall is well under way. Leaves are on the ground, nights are longer, and we already got our first snowfall. This time of year the conditions change often. It’s important to be prepared and stay safe. Here are our shoulder season riding tips.

#bikewinterview: Michaela

Dr. Michaela Beder is an outreach psychiatrist whose work focuses on serving people who are marginalized. On a snow-free but chilly day, we had the chance to meet and talk about how riding a bike year-round complements her clinical and community activism work - and keeps her mind and body healthy during the busiest times.

#bikewinterview: Intelliware

We visited Intelliware’s bike-friendly office on a sunny Wednesday and spoke with three of the team’s year-round riders: Cesar Farell, Bruno Schmidt, and Peter Davison. Here’s what they had to say about the joys of starting and ending the day by pedalling, keeping fingers and toes warm, and some of the great amenities Intelliware offers to incentivize commuting by bike (hint: secure indoor bike parking!).

#bikewinterview: Léa and her hardy winter bike

Léa is a busy PhD student at the University of Toronto who works alongside Bike Host, Toronto's cycling mentorship program for newcomers, for her research on gender and cycling. Having grown up just outside of Montréal, Léa knows a thing or two about deep winter. Read on to find out how she built up a sturdy winter bike, three key winter riding accessories, and what she wishes the City would do expand our winter cycling network.

Coldest Day of the Year Ride Countdown

We're counting down to our Annual Coldest Day of the Year Ride! What better way to build momentum than to feature Toronto riders who commute by bike year-round - regardless of the weather?

Data Analyst by day and stand-up comedian by night, biking gives Theresa the flexibility to maintain a busy schedule year-round. For her, biking isn't an all-or-nothing matter - it's often the best solution, but there's nothing wrong with switching to transit or walking if the weather gets really rough.

Proper winter maintenance is in the details

What good is a bike lane if you can't use it?

Guest blog and photos by Anton Lodder

Winter is back, and with it a familiar experience in Canadian cities: the sight of blue flashing lights on giant orange trucks, the scrape of massive blades on asphalt, the piles of snow, and the disappearance of a number of bike lanes under a crust of ice – not to be seen until the next real thaw, or maybe even until spring.