Tag Archives: winter biking

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway: Embracing Winter Biking

In 2020, I turned away from my car and became a bike commuter. In 2021, I’m tackling my first winter as a biker, and I’m doing it by riding every day in January. Flurries whistle past me, only a cotton mask standing between my face and the biting wind.  Through the blowing snow I take […]

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Free Idea: Plow Bicycle Boulevards

It’s winter. Biking is people-centered and cultivates delight. Therefore we need more posts about winter biking. The two posts linked in that last sentence were about winter biking gear. That’s a great and useful topic, but I want to talk about something else: space. To me, the biggest challenge to winter biking isn’t temperature or, […]

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Winter Is Here: More Winter Biking Tips

Last month, Alicia Valenti wrote about her tips and experiences bicycling in the winter as a Minnesota transplant. “I got into summer biking and then didn’t want to stop once it got cold,” Alicia told me recently.   Like Alicia, I’m a transplant who didn’t want to stop biking once it got cold, partly because biking […]

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How I Use My Bike

My bike is my primary mode of transportation. I’ve been biking regularly since I moved to Minneapolis for college 13 years ago and have spent the last eight years bike commuting. Over that time, I’ve figured out how to bike in fancy clothes, in the cold, with my dog, and with stuff. Here’s a photo […]

Sunday Summary – February 24, 2019

Winter In 2018, Melissa Wenzel decided to commit to 30 Days of Winter Biking; in 2019, she wanted to have virtual company by encouraging others via Twitter and her streets.mn posts to join the fun. It worked!  Here’s the story of Melissa’s January of cycling, plus interviews and reports from others who took up the […]

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Winter 30 Days of Biking: The First 50 Days

Near the end of December, Melissa Wenzel wrote this post and on January 1, I decided to commit myself to the goal of biking every day of the month. Day One, as usual, was the toughest part. I was carrying a lot of personal sadness stemming from our ever unseasonal weather, from increasingly dire climate reports, […]

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Sunday Summary – February 17, 2019

Getting around A Car-Free, Car-Less, and Car-Lite Guide To Surviving Bemidji from Henry Pan describes how they get around Bemidji without driving (or driving much).  “As difficult as it is living in Bemidji without a car in the winter, it is indeed possible to live without one. But it would even better if there were more […]

The author's bike, sitting on the shoulder of a County Road. February 12, 2019.

A Car-Free, Car-Less, and Car-Lite Guide To Surviving Bemidji

I thought I needed to have a car for my assignment. In August, I was offered a position that had me relocate to Bemidji. In Northern Minnesota. 200 miles away from the only home that I’ve known outside of San Francisco, away from the friends that I’ve made. I thought I was going away too […]

Snow covered bike path with bike basket and bar mitts in foreground. River with railing and bridge, plus dawning sun and grey clouds.

Sunday Summary – January 20, 2019

Last week was busy here on streets.mn with current events, project reviews, and a variety of journeys.  Plus, of course, some regular features. Get up to speed… Winter! I love winter – especially snowy winter – and think being active outside is the way to be warm and enjoy the season. Others agree – Jenny […]

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Sunday Summary – September 30, 2018

It’s the end of September and the beginning of a new week. Here’s the past week on streets.mn. Winter is coming The Winter of Minnesota’s Transportation Discontent by Christa Moseng looks at Minneapolis 2040 and comments about getting around in the winter saying, “It is not unthinkable that people might want to engage in active, non-car transportation in the […]