Viewpoint : January 2015

Vélo sous zéro 2015
An invitation to participate in Vélo Québec’s winter happening

When you love biking, you have to put up with a few discomforts such as heat waves, rain, wind and snow. And while most cyclists put away their bikes once winter arrives, the so-called die-hards who continue pedalling during the cold weather are becoming more and more numerous.

Original, zany and intriguing to many, this reality is now part of our urban landscape. And for good reason: winter conditions can be highly variable, resulting in often dry, snow-free bikeways. A good example is this past Christmas, when the temperature was a balmy 5ºC and many of us were out on our bikes.

Last year when Vélo Québec launched its first winter happening, Vélo sous zéro, 500 cyclists participated in this one-of-a-kind experience. While most were “four-season” cyclists, some were adults and children trying winter biking for the first time, out of curiosity and for the fun of it. This event, which received a lot of media coverage, helped demystify winter biking by demonstrating that even in the cold and snow, urban biking is a unique and completely realistic experience. You just have to step outside your comfort zone, equip your bicycle and dress appropriately.

During last month’s Je vois Montréal event, Vélo Québec was involved in promoting winter biking in Montréal and organizing an annual winter bike happening. The second edition of Vélo sous zéro will therefore be held on February 15, with the goal of attracting twice the number of participants as last year. If you are interested, please register here. It’s free, it’s for everyone and yes - it may seem a little crazy to us North Americans, but I can assure you that Scandinavians would not find anything unusual about it.

Have a good winter!

Suzanne Lareau
President and CEO