Story and photos by dandyhorse senior editor Dana Lacey
It was unseasonably warm for The Coldest Day of the Year Ride. This year the Toronto Cyclists Union hosted the annual celebration of winter cycling that saw around 150 people on bikes (and bike cops) meet at City Hall for a car-free cruise down University Ave to Front Street. BIXI bikes were on hand and provided free to anyone who wanted to join in.
Councillor Mike Layton, helmet in hand, told the crowd that he'd like to see more Torontonians on two wheels year-round. Bells chimed as he rallied the crowd against unploughed lanes He pointed out how the south side of the street is always worse than the north because the sun can't get to it, leaving a dangerous layer of ice buried beneath gritty slush in bike lanes. And, of course, he spoke about the weather, and our salt-happy impact on the environment, which we couldn't exactly ignore as we collectively sweltered under our winter layers (and, later that day, rode home through a snowstorm).
Union Bicycle Station employees Stu Peters and Kate Sage serve up hot chocolate.
dandyhorse agrees that the city needs to do a better -- and more sustainable -- job with snow removal: look for our first-ever winter issue in February. Meanwhile, we offer up some winter fashion tips, courtesy of the coldest riders of the year.
Make sure you register your bike with the Toronto Police, and then download the Is This Bike Stolen app.
Best. Helmet cover. Ever.