Bike All Winter

Bike All Winter 2018-05-29T20:23:42+00:00

When winter arrives, many people think it is time to put their bike away, but riding year round can be fun, easy and convenient! Our vision is that everyone is comfortable choosing cycling as their preferred way of getting around town, and that includes during the winter months!

Due to the shorter days, a key part of winter riding is making sure you’re visible to other road users. The Traffic Safety Act in Alberta requires cyclists to have a white front light and a red rear light on their bike when they are travelling in the dark – and with shorter days in winter everyone should have lights on their bike. Being visible just makes sense, which is why Canada, Australia, the USA and 23 European countries all have laws that require the use of bike lights when cycling at night.

Did You Know?

Steady bike lights are more effective than flashing bike lights in the dark. 

Flashing bike lights can dazzle other cyclists, confuse drivers and alter depth perception – making drivers less aware of the distance between you and them. In fact, in Austria and the Netherlands flashing bike lights are forbidden by law.Steady bike lights are more effective than flashing bike lights in the dark. Flashing bikelights can dazzle other cyclists, confuse drivers and alter depth perception – making drivers less aware of the distance between you and them. In fact, in Austria and the Netherlands flashing bike lights are forbidden by law.

Using your light during the day can help too!

A Danish study found that cyclists with daytime lights have 32 percent less accidents.

Please share your stories, tips and photos about biking around Canmore in winter through the social media hashtag #BikeAllWinter.