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Photos: Toronto Winter Bicycling 14

Babboe Cargo Bike Toronto

Winter cargo bike – Jan 22, 2013 – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

On the ride in to daycare this morning with my 19-month-old daughter we encountered some snow and slippery streets. The cargo bike held up nicely on the slippery roads; the weight of it certainly helps to stabilize the bike, and the plastic cover kept Sofia protected from the snow and -20C wind chill.

Babboe Cargo Bike Toronto

Winter cargo bike – Jan 22, 2013 – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

We weren’t the only ones braving the cold and the snow either, but most people in the city opted to take public transit or drive.

Winter bicycling in Toronto

Toronto winter bicycling on King Street West – Jan 22, 2013 – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

James D. Schwartz is a Transportation Pragmatist and the Editor of The Urban Country. You can contact James at james.schwartz@theurbancountry.com or follow him on Twitter.

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  • Todd Waddell

    I’ve been cargo biking with my boys for about a year and a half. Last winter I had a hard time figuring out how to keep him warm on hour long rides into the city. Then I got a couple of hot water bottles from Amazon.

    Blankets helped to keep him warm, but the hot water bottles under the blankets ADDED heat. It’s worked out really well since then. And the nice thing is that I can refill the bottles with fresh hot water before we ride home.

    Cheers,
    Todd Waddell
    Portland, OR
    ethanwaddell.blogspot.com

    • http://www.theurbancountry.com James Schwartz

      Awesome! Great idea Todd, thanks for the tips. Cheers. James

  • Todd Waddell

    I’ve been cargo biking with my boys for about a year and a half. Last winter I had a hard time figuring out how to keep him warm on hour long rides into the city. Then I got a couple of hot water bottles from Amazon.

    Blankets helped to keep him warm, but the hot water bottles under the blankets ADDED heat. It’s worked out really well since then. And the nice thing is that I can refill the bottles with fresh hot water before we ride home.

    Cheers,
    Todd Waddell
    Portland, OR
    ethanwaddell.blogspot.com

  • len

    assholes who ride on city streets in the snow deserve to be run over. Go be a warrior where I don’t have to worry about whether you are going to slip under my car.

    • http://www.theurbancountry.com James Schwartz

      Going on a website anonymously and calling people assholes and saying they deserve to die for riding a bicycle is really classy.

      You shouldn’t be driving in the snow if you are worried about running someone over. But you don’t seem too concerned about running someone over if you characterize them as “deserving” to die for choosing a safe mode of transportation that doesn’t kill or maim other people.

      There certainly is an asshole here, and you have made it very clear with your ignorant comments who the real asshole is.

    • Shylynn

      People that speak like you do are very likely cigarette smoking alcoholics! May your wishes be your end! FYI any thoroughfare that has more than one lane goin in each direction should be rededicated to a bike only lane! I say build the bikeways and let the bikes prevail!!!

  • len

    assholes who ride on city streets in the snow deserve to be run over. Go be a warrior where I don’t have to worry about whether you are going to slip under my car.

  • http://www.theurbancountry.com/ James Schwartz

    Going on a website anonymously and calling people assholes and saying they deserve to die for riding a bicycle is really classy.

    You shouldn’t be driving in the snow if you are worried about running someone over. But you don’t seem too concerned about running someone over if you characterize them as “deserving” to die for choosing a safe mode of transportation that doesn’t kill or maim other people.

    There certainly is an asshole here, and you have made it very clear with your ignorant comments who the real asshole is.

  • http://www.theurbancountry.com/ James Schwartz

    Awesome! Great idea Todd, thanks for the tips. Cheers. James

  • James

    Good on you for getting out there today.

    Although I sort of regretted my decision to ride today when I slipped out of our parking garage, it was definitely much better than to be stuck in extra slow Toronto traffic and a subway ride packed full of slush and angry people (not to mention all the usual delays for TTC).

    The cause of concern from riding in snowy conditions like today does not come from my ability to ride, but it comes from ignorant drivers who are already pissed off from having to sit in traffic for extra half an hour. They have no patience for cyclist and take it out on us by speeding by us way too closely.

    As a driver and an all year round cyclist, I’d love to see some major infrastructure changes in Toronto, including more separated bike lanes so that cyclists have a safe place to ride without drivers worried sick that the rider might slip and end up under their cars.

  • Dave

    I think it’s time for some pics and an article showing getting to hockey on your bike. ;)

    • http://www.theurbancountry.com James Schwartz

      Great idea Dave ;) I will plan to get out there this Wednesday :)

  • Ujiva Nelson

    On the ride in to daycare this morning with my 19-month-old daughter we encountered some snow and slippery streets.

    http://www.national.co.uk/information/winter-tyres.aspx

  • He who knows

    Winter cycling is totally suicidal. Even if you don’t get hit by a car, your sweat will saturate your clothes, rendering their insulating capabilities ineffective, and causing you certain hypothermia.

    Remember; NO bicycle riding in the winter! Violators are subject to; Hypothermia, Frostbite, Pneumonia, Broken bones due to falls, and also death.