photo by Joasso, Creative Commons
Today I saw a nice on-line piece about cycling in winter in Canada. Apparently, a number of municipalities are promoting winter cycling as a transportation alternative and are doing things like clearing bikepaths of snow and promoting safe riding. The City of Toronto did a Bike Winter Festival recently, and has good tips and links on its website for winter cyclists. The enthusiast quoted in the article talks about how winter cycling is like cross-country skiing and mountain biking all in one. Of course, cycling in Toronto is tropical compared to Ottawa: I have not ridden recently due to the extreme cold and slushiness here but will probably start again later this week as I saw some cyclists out today.
Even though it was -20C as I walked in to work, I saw a flock of about twenty robins sitting on a snowbank near the river, pecking at the snow. I don't think I have ever seen robins so early in the year so perhaps Spring is really not far away!