Cyclists across the northern hemisphere took to the streets and bike trails despite cold and snowy conditions on Friday to celebrate international Winter Bike to Work Day. An increasing number of Canadians are using their bikes to get to work during the winter months. Winter Bike to Work Day is a global initiative to encourage more to do it and was in it’s sixth edition in 2018.
Many already ride to work but Friday many posted about it accompanying a picture from their ride with #WinterBikeToWorkDay. Amoung the prominent Canadians who took to two wheels to get to work were Edmonton mayor Don Iveson and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.
— Edm Mayor Office (@YEGMayorOffice) February 9, 2018
It's only fitting that on #WinterBikeToWorkDay the snowbanks are taller than I am.
— Catherine McKenna (@cathmckenna) February 9, 2018
Members of bike advocacy groups in Canadian cities also were active posting pictures of wintery morning commutes on two wheels.
— Bike to Work Ottawa (@biketowork613) February 9, 2018
Celebrating Winter Bike to Work Day today! Rethink your commute and explore your options! https://t.co/3YPNlpkuJ2@WinterBike2Work @Canada_Bikes @SmartCommuteTO #WinterBikeToWorkDay #TransformTO @CycleToronto @SmartCommute pic.twitter.com/zyCnGYeLY3
— Smart Commute TO (@SmartCommuteTO) February 9, 2018
Happy International @WinterBike2Work Day! We've thrown together these tips to get you out on two wheels today – what else would you add? #WinterBikeToWorkDay #CleanCommute 🚴♀️🚴♂️ pic.twitter.com/p5GTV1p9bP
— EnvironmentalDefence (@envirodefence) February 9, 2018
“A couple of summers ago I started working at a place 4km from home, so naturally I got there by bike. I told myself I'd just keep riding until winter weather stopped me…and I just kept going.” pic.twitter.com/Y5NzoQjrGp
— Bike Ottawa (@BikeOttawa) February 9, 2018
The tracker on winterbiketoworkday.org indicated that Canadians were active participants on Friday with pledges coming in from across the country. The drive in Colorado was strong with Denver and Boulder leading the way in commitments to ride to work in North America. Edmonton was the top pledge making Canadian city followed by Victoria, Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa.
Here are some of the best Winter Bike to Work Day selfies, commute pictures and bike shots showing the conditions and temperatures riders in Canada went out in:
Happy #WinterBikeToWorkDay everyone! Have fun out there. And what can cities do to encourage more cyclists? Repeat after me: bike lanes and maintenance, bike lanes and maintenance, bike lanes and maintenance, bike lanes and maintenance, bike lanes and maintenance. #yyccc #yycbike pic.twitter.com/f0UAMEWYR3
— BikeBike Inc (@BikeBikeYYC) February 9, 2018
— Adam Patterson 🇨🇦 (@adampatterson) February 9, 2018
— Danny Haines (@HainesDanny) February 9, 2018
Is an electric fat bike called:
A. an e-fat bike
B. a fat e-bike
C. a fat-e bike
— Kᴇᴠ Sʜʟᴀᴡ (@itsakev) February 9, 2018
— Kevin Bell (@MrKBellteacher) February 9, 2018
— Gibby Davis (@gibbydavis) February 9, 2018
— Danielle Moore (@danimoos) February 9, 2018
— Lana Stewart 🚲🌼🐱🐶 (@modalmom) February 9, 2018
#WinterBikeToWorkDay started off very Canadian. More snow on the way for @citywaterloo @IronHorseKW. Ride safe @commutertutor1 @ycra @WaterlooCC @steveshik @HerbertBalagtas @WinterBike2Work pic.twitter.com/XKeZQTPB93
— Scott Weldon (@s_weldon) February 9, 2018
— Kathryn Hunt (@k8thek8) February 9, 2018