Here in the midst of #31DaysOfWinterBiking, winter bicycle commuters will tell you that biking through a snowstorm is icy, slow and treacherous, but it may be the most fun you can have on a bike.
Cyclists and pedestrians: Email Minneapolis City Councilmembers and the staff associated with the Blaisdell protected bike lanes. Urge them to keep you safe on our streets year-round and to hold staff accountable to following the city’s Complete Streets policy.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]