This year, February 14 isn’t just Valentine’s day. Winter bike to work day, a Valentines day alternative or addition (depending on your relationship status) came on a chilly day for most Canadians. Commuters across the country took to the roads to brave cold conditions and transit to their workplaces.
Riders from Whitehorse to Halifax bundled up and mounted their bikes, covering most exposed skin and making some modifications to their commuter bikes.
Happy #WinterBikeToWorkDay everyone…it was -25C with -34C windchill when I embarked on my #ottbike journey. Thanks to @FarmBoy on Richmond for letting me walk the produce aisles to warm up and grab a fistful of tissue paper to shove into my trousers for emergency insulation! pic.twitter.com/KW1EIChMsB
— Sean Flynn (@sfyro) February 14, 2020
A number of cyclists pointed out that today wasn’t a special day, they bike to work every day.
I don’t have a photo to share with my partner, so here is a photo with my winter bike instead.
— nicole roach (@roachwithme) February 14, 2020
#WinterBikeToSchoolDay was also a popular hashtag, as Canadian youngsters joined their parents for a chilly route to school.
— Darren Kropf (@DarrenKropf) February 14, 2020
— Dr Sara Hastings-Simon (@S_HastingsSimon) February 14, 2020
— Darren Shock (@darren_shock) February 14, 2020
For many, cycling to work is not only convenient, it’s also a way to reduce their carbon footprint and make a statement about the impact of fossil fuels.
— Lewis (@yukonrifkind) February 14, 2020
Cities and bike shops got involved with the festivities. Halifax cycling, the Alberta Cycling Coalition, Bike Calgary, Ottawa’s Enviro Centre, Cycle Hamilton, Edmonton’s coffee outside, Bike to Work Victoria, Community Cruisers in Canmore and many more cycling organizations were out on the street giving out warm drinks, goodies and winter cycling advice.
— Ian Hosler (@Ian_Hosler) February 14, 2020
— Ian Hosler (@Ian_Hosler) February 14, 2020
— Kyle (@kyleplans) February 14, 2020
Nice morning at @coffee_outside chatting with #winter commuters for #WinterBikeToWorkDay. We discussed our advocacy to get changes to the Alberta Traffic Act to make #cycling safer. #yegbike #safety #fun. Fantastic coffee & treats from @iconocoffee helped keep everyone warm 🚴♀️❄️ pic.twitter.com/ovF05aLb8J
— Alberta Cycling Coalition (@AlbertaCycling) February 14, 2020
According to www.winterbiketoworkday.org Montreal has the highest number of cyclist who committed to cycling to work. They were closely followed up by Calgary, where some riders got a bit too enthusiastic about winter riding.
— Martin Flanagan (@martflan) February 14, 2020
— Thierry Alquier (@AlquierThierry) February 14, 2020
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— Chezilme 🏳️🌈 (@chezilme) February 14, 2020
Fun was had and many bikes pics, selfies, and bike selfies were taken.
Our staff took the liberty to turn today’s #WinterBikeToWorkDay into a #WinterBikeAndSkateToWorkDay. No, not because this makes the length of the hashtag more similar to those of German words, but because we are located along #Ottawa‘s stunning @NCC_Skateway! @WinterBike2Work pic.twitter.com/pB08ucUsGk
— GermanEmbassyOttawa (@GermanyInCanada) February 14, 2020
— Bike to Work Ottawa (@biketowork613) February 14, 2020
— Joe Meissner (@joemeissner) February 14, 2020
That was a bit brisk. But the earlier sunrise and blue skies are beautiful.
— Leif Einarson (@Leif_Life_Laugh) February 14, 2020
— Dr. Ladybugspicnic (@ladybugspicnic) February 14, 2020
— Chris DeGroot 🚲 (@ct_degroot) February 14, 2020
❄️ Bonne journée internationale du vélo d’hiver! #WinterBikeToWorkDay
-22°C à #Montréal, le cell a gelé trop vite pour faire une photo dehors, mais c’était beau! ☀️#véloMtl #vélodhiver #véloQC #hiveràvélo #winterbike #vélocuisine pic.twitter.com/6oYqaWRTDL
— Johanna Pellus (@johannapellus) February 14, 2020
Bike to work on a sunny and crisp day and get free coffee! ☕
I looped a block of Laurier just so I could say hi to the @EnviroCentre reps. 👋
— Marie-Claude (@mc_a_velo) February 14, 2020
Hey @CBCEyeopener … I can’t talk right now either. Heading out on #WinterBikeToWorkDay. #wbtwd #winterpalooza #frostbike #ridewinter #vikingbiking #wintercycling #snowbike #fatbike #fatbikelife #salsabeargrease #yycbike #ridebikes #ridetowork #bikecommuter #biketowork pic.twitter.com/Eb22pLgLcp
— Greg Glatz 🇨🇦 (@gregglatz) February 14, 2020
— Original [Dis]Order (@OrigDisorder) February 14, 2020
Super fun #frostbike for #WinterBikeToWorkDay – thanks @LdnOntBikeCafe for the hot chocolate and #stroopwafels! @AndrewHunniford @DIsaac8 #LdnOnt #LdnOntBike #WinterBike2WorkDay pic.twitter.com/Lmr5J06dtX
— J (@jarude87) February 14, 2020