For years, the majority of people in our city have assumed that once the temperatures drop below 0 C and the snow drifts begin to build up, we put away our walking shoes, tuck our bikes into the garage and bundle into our cars for 8 months until the walking and cycling weather returns.
But this winter, the Active Neighbourhoods team spent a lot of time thinking about walking and biking in our winter city, and we started to realize just how many people walk and bike in Calgary, even through those -20 C conditions.
We decided to start talking with these people we were seeing, firstly to figure out exactly why they were walking and biking in the winter, and secondly to make sure these people are getting recognized, to give the winter pedestrians and cyclists of Calgary a voice.
Simon and Kristina, -20 C
“The best part about biking in the winter is being able to eat more desserts afterwards.”
Graham, -12 C
“Our city’s bike lanes are great in the winter, the city has them ploughed by 5 in the morning! And my tip for biking in the winter is that cyclists should stay off the roads. As a biker, I should have equal access to roads but drivers still don’t really know how to treat cyclists and with all this snow and ice it can be really dangerous.”
Warren, -18 C
Kate Beck is an aspiring urban planner who’s passionate about streets, social justice, bicycles and rock climbing. She spent the summer helping to connect Active Neighbourhoods with the Bridgeland community. She has recently finished a degree in geography at University of British Columbia in Vancouver.