The Winter Cycling Congress is here! BIKES! DURING! WINTER!

Hi.

The 2014 Winter Cycling Congress is finally underway!  We’ll be talking about a lot of things, among them data collection, snow clearing, city design, youth and winter cycling, mental health and winter activity and how to change cultural attitudes towards riding your bike in the winter. It’s gonna be a good one. I’d like to invite everybody out to a few public events.

ALL PUBLIC EVENTS ARE FREE! For real.

Wednesday, February 12th: The Congress runs until 4:00 PM. Immediately after, we’re hosting a game of shinny on the Forks hockey rinks: Manitoba vs. The World. We have participants from Norway, Finland, Denmark, at least seven different states from the USA, and all over Canada. PRIDE is at stake! Later that night, Natural Cycle is hosting a little get together for conference-goers and the general public. It’s the first night of the conference. Let’s get together, show those out-of-towners what Winnipeg is ABOUT.

On Thursday, February 13th, there are some public events running after conference hours. At 5:00 PM, there is a Community Bike Shop Tour starting from the Forks, meeting outside MTYP at 5:00 PM, ending at the “Betchya Couldya” event. Betchya Couldya opens at 6:15 PM at the Samuel N. Cohen Auditorium (St. B. Research Centre), on 351 Tache. To start, there will be DIY workshops on reflective clothing and LED lights. At 8:00 PM, 20 presenters will show-off 10 slides for 10 seconds each, all relating to human powered winter transport. At 11 PM, there is a Bike Jam, winter style, meeting at 351 Tache. You better believe it.

On Friday, February 14th, all of the sessions in the main auditorium (left column of each day’s program schedule) are open to the public. The first one is running from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, about Youth and Winter Cycling. From 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, there will be a Town Hall style summary. At 1:00 PM, there will be a session on Newcomers and Winter Cycling. Friday is also Winter Bike to Work Day!

The following weekend, there’s about a billion things going on. Ice Bike, Actif Epica, the bike polo tournament, the Skate Jam (a mobile, skating sing-a-long) and SOUPSTOCK (a deliciously appropriate title for a music and soup festival).

I would love to see you at there at some of the events. Winter’s not going away – let’s enjoy it.

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