From another list I'm on:

Hope everyone is having a good holiday season!


 Here is some info recently sent out by the City of Minneapolis - note the
> link to Ice Bike, but my favorite is at the end of the clip "Embrace Winter"
>  Another statistic:  8% of riders are still out on the trails as compared to
> #"s  counted in September:
> In Minneapolis, many bicyclists embrace the winter months by continuing to
> ride. If you are already biking, or considering winter biking, here are some
> tips for dealing with the snow, cold temperatures, and motorists:
> Travel slowly when snow and ice are present. Riding a bike on a street can
> be challenging, particularly when ice has formed or snow has become lumpy
> and compacted by vehicles. Ride in bare patches of pavement or non-compacted
> snow when possible. Take turns and curves at a slower speed, and allow
> longer distances for braking. Be sure to plan ahead for extra travel time.
> And remember that cyclists have the right to ride in a general traffic lane,
> which may be necessary if bike lanes have not been cleared.
> Ride defensively around motorists. Cyclists are less visible in the winter
> (with fewer cyclists riding and less daylight), and roads are more narrow
> (when curb-to-curb plowing has not occurred). Always be prepared for
> motorists to make a mistake. Follow traffic laws and be as considerate as
> possible. Educate yourself and your friends (motorists and bicyclists
> alike!) on traffic laws and safety.
> Take the off-street trails. Since Minneapolis has so many miles of trails
> (84 miles and counting!), urbanites from across the country often suffer
> from “trail envy.” To top it all off, the Park Board and Public Works
> Department have policies of clearing snow from off-street trails soon after
> the end of a snowfall (read more about how the Midtown Greenway and Hiawatha
> Light Rail Trail are plowed). In most cases, this occurs in less than 24
> hours. If you have the choice, leave the grime and compacted snow of the
> streets behind and head for the trails!
> Stay visible. Riding in the winter months means more darkness. Brighten
> your ride by using headlights, taillights, and reflective clothing and gear.
> Legally, cyclists are required to ride with a white, front headlight and
> rear, red reflector at night.
> Use an old bike in good working condition. Salt and sand can wreak havoc on
> your treasured bicycle, resulting in rust and breakdowns. Use an older but
> functional bicycle in the winter months. Two elements of a well functioning
> winter bike include effective brakes and a well greased chain (wet lube is
> ideal for snowy conditions). Wider tires with good traction are also
> essential. Add a pair of fenders to your bicycle to keep street muck from
> landing on your clothing. The Midtown Bike Center has a bike washing
> facility which can be used to clean off your bike for $3.
> Dress in layers. Just like other winter sports, bicycling can heat up your
> body rapidly. Apply layers to your torso and legs, and be prepared to strip
> them away as your body warms. A good rule of thumb is that you should feel
> chilly when you step outdoors – if you’re cozy before you start riding,
> you’ll likely be boiling when you stop.
> Cover your extremities. All of us have experienced the extremes of a
> sweating torso and numb ears or toes. Don’t ignore your head, neck, hands,
> and feet when you bike. Comfortable stocking caps, scarves, socks, and
> gloves (which allow dexterity) should be considered. And goggles don’t just
> look cool; they’re great eye protection from the cold wind and road grit.
> Use 311. If you see a bicycle-related problem which involves plowing,
> shoveling, signing, or another traffic concern, call 311. The City relies on
> the public to flag problems. If you live outside of Minneapolis, call
> 612-673-3000. A Minneapolis bikeway maintenance responsibility list is
> available for more direct call routing.
> Use transit. When the going gets tough, give yourself a warm break by using
> the bus or train. All Metro Transit buses and trains are equipped with
> bicycle racks[url]. Bike commuters are also eligible to sign up for Metro
> Transit’s [url=]Guaranteed
> Ride Home program, which provides free transit rides or cab fare
> reimbursement for emergencies (like a snow or ice storm).
> Look for more information. We’re hardly the final say on winter bicycling.
> Any winter cyclist on Minneapolis streets probably has some good ideas, so
> go ahead and ask around. If you want to read on, visit
> Embrace winter. Our identity is shaped by our weather. Snow and cold
> temperatures add diversity and beauty to Minneapolis. Riding a bicycle in
> the winter can be exhilarating and practical. It keeps you in good health,
> it’s good for the environment, it’s cheap, and at times, it’s even the
> fastest mode of travel.
> Happy Riding,
> City of Minneapolis Bicycle Program
> Susan
> Minneapolis

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