Why Canadians Can't Bike in the Winter (but Finnish people can)

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When talking about bicycle infrastructure in Canada, the number one excuse I hear is "winter." Many Canadians see the cold and snow as a fundamental barrier to year round cycling. But one city, Oulu in Finland, with winter weather worse than most Canadian cities, shows that winter cycling has nothing to do with the weather, and everything to do with safe cycling infrastructure.

Want to learn more about winter cycling? Every February, the Winter Cycling Federation holds a Winter Cycling Congress where experts and advocates get together and talk about best practices in cycling infrastructure and maintenance. More information is here at https://wintercycling.org/

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This video would not have been possible without contributions from:
* Pekka Tahkola: https://twitter.com/pekkatahkola
* Anders Swanson: https://twitter.com/SwansonAnders
* CycleYYZ: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHinhHYjd7k_K7d2lEmC73w
* Dave Edwards: https://twitter.com/DaveLikesBikes
* Joonas Olli: https://twitter.com/O_Joonas
* Vélo d'hiver - Montréal: https://www.facebook.com/groups/velodhiver/about
* My Brother
* Wimpy snowflake Canadian who can't handle a little bit of cold
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Winter cycling study (in Finnish):
TALVIPYÖRÄILYLAAJUUSMOTIIVIT JA ESTEETTERVEYSVAIKUTUKSET
https://docplayer.fi/7216725-Talvipyoraily-laajuus-motiivit-ja-esteet-terveysvaikutukset.html

Map of bicycle underpasses in Oulu and the surrounding area:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/viewer?mid=1rMd5XedFvMJFgbqF9ZdAYnICBG8&ll=65.00256878332665%2C25.457461452295682&z=12

BLUEGRYB | Rotating Icebreaker
GRYB (YouTube/CC BY)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSKiUIL_qK0

https://www.bixi.com/en/where-do-all-the-bixi-go-in-the-winter

How to Keep Cyclists Riding Even in the Frigid Snowy Winter
The two key lessons learned by Northern European cities.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-26/how-to-keep-cyclists-riding-even-in-the-snowy-winter

Ice cycles: the northerly world cities leading the winter bicycle revolution
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/feb/12/ice-cycles-northerly-world-cities-winter-bicycle-revolution

Music: "My Touque's Too Tight" by Drool Puddy

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Chapters:

0:00 Intro
0:05 You can't cycle in the winter
0:36 Introduction to Oulu
1:29 It's not the cold
2:21 First: safe cycle paths
4:20 Second: proper winter maintenance
6:08 Lessons from Oulu
6:39 My experiences with winter cycling
7:37 Gushing over how awesome Oulu is
8:00 It's not as cold as you think
9:40 Progress in Canada
10:48 Canadian excuses
11:29 Winter Cycling Congress
11:59 Conclusion
12:24 Patreon shout-out
12:37 Drool Puddy music video
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