In many countries about now, articles encouraging cycling in winter are perhaps a little optimistic. However, this article is being written in Denmark, where approximately 80% of cycling commuters continue over the cold months. Which is twice the average in North America. How did this happen?
It makes a difference that investment in the Danish cycling infrastructure is world-leading - and huge. This investment is particularly noticeable when the snow arrives, when cycle paths are usually cleared before the main roads. A spectacle that will amaze any visiting foreigner.
But this is not the whole story. It’s largely to do with preparedness. Winter cycling can be a very pleasant and even fun activity if you’re dressed well and take extra care. Northern Europeans such as the Danes tend not to be surprised by the weather. Offices in cities are not filled with wet trousers on radiators or people typing emails with blue skin.
So, how do we cycle safely in winter? Here are some tips: