3 out of 4 days in January easily bikeable says Cycle Toronto
Submitted by Jared Kolb on 29 January, 2013 - 13:17
Toronto – Cyclists from across the city will celebrate winter cycling on Wednesday January 30th by joining a group ride on the (statistically) coldest day of the year. Presented by Cycle Toronto in partnership with the City of Toronto and BIXI Toronto, the Coldest Day of the Year Ride is a short, car-free ride leaving from the back of City Hall at noon.
Analyzing temperature and snowfall levels for the first 28 days of January, Cycle Toronto finds that 75% of days in January were easily bikeable. A day was considered easily bikeable if the mean daily temperature was above -10 degrees Celsius and if residential roads were cleared of snow. According to Environment Canada, Toronto’s 2011/12 winter was 4 degrees Celsius warmer than the 30 year average between 1961-91.
"Cycling is a year round activity in Toronto. On most days in January, temperatures were mild and we didn't experience much snow or ice,” said Jared Kolb, Director of Campaigns and Membership for Cycle Toronto. “Even when at lower temps, Torontonians can keep riding throughout the winter. We can support them with more infrastructure, better maintenance and education about adequate clothing and skills.”
The Coldest Day of the Year ride is a celebration of winter riding. Cyclists without their own bike can take advantage of the BIXI bike sharing system. BIXI Toronto is the only bike sharing system open all year round in Canada, giving Torontonians an easy transportation alternative in all seasons. BIXI users who come on the ride will not be charged extra fees for extra time used, and new users will be offered a $10 discount on an annual membership. A large number of BIXI bikes were also made available free to cyclists who reserved them last week.
Constable Tonyo Vella, Councillor Mike Layton, Operations Manager at BIXI Toronto, Michael Felice, and Jared Kolb will all say a few words before the ride begins. The ride leaves from Armoury St. & Chestnut St. behind City Hall on the northwest corner. For more information and winter riding and gear tips, visit http://cycleto.ca/bike-winter.