Your guide to winter cycling
All season cycling is possible in all communities!
Use this resource on winter cycling to show how it can be fun, fast and friendly in any community!
All texts, photos and tips contained within this section are free to download and can be used in the following ways to promote winter cycling in your region:
- creating web pages
- sharing tips on social media
- making posters
- sharing visuals for community centre info-stations
Customized promotional materials for winter cycling are easy to create by aligning the information on these pages with the following amenities in your local community:
- winter maintenance schedules
- public transportation sites
- local weather stations
- public healthy agencies or community centres
- bike friendly businesses
Why promote winter cycling?
Cyclists want to cycle!
When cycle commuters are asked why they do not cycle year-round, most say they “do not feel safe”. Slippery roads, poor visibility, and colder temperatures are challenges.
A growing number of cyclists across Ontario have learned to overcome these challenges and now enjoy riding well into the winter months.
By sharing information about suitable gear, winter bike maintenance, route planning and best practices, all season cycling can be a comfortable, enjoyable and a viable choice for many Ontarians.
Benefits to winter cycling:
- It’s a Healthy Choice
It has been proven that active modes of transportation lead to healthier, happier, less stressed individuals.
- Infrastructure investment can be used to its fullest potential
Transportation infrastructure, including active transportation networks, is designed to improve transportation flow for people and goods. Timely and efficient snow removal and winter maintenance allows residents to use active transportation networks year-round.
- Less idling equals less pollution
Greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution from contaminated slush runoff are reduced by choosing to walk or bike instead of drive.
- Winter parking needs could be reduced
With more people cycling the demand for on street car parking in winter will be reduced.
- Increased retail sales
Cyclists are more apt to “stop and shop along the way”, especially at businesses that maintain winter bike parking.
The funding for the winter cycling resource on this website was provided by the Government of Ontario. The views expressed in this publication are views of EnviroCentre and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Ontario.
EnviroCentre – Winter Cycling Resource by EnviroCentre is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.