Cycling in Calgary is very popular in warmer months. Heck, even on rainy days there is still a good number of folks in rain gear peddling away, off to work or a meeting. The benefits are numerous and well documented: it is better for your health, you will save money on transit or parking, you will protect your mental health by not dealing with rush hour traffic, and of course it is better for the environment.
There is a solid contingent of cyclists who brave the frigid and slick conditions and bike in the winter as well. I, too, was one of those cyclists, donning layer upon layer upon layer of clothing, flexing my fingers to make sure they were still attached to my hands, and hoping my studded tires don’t slip on the frozen ground and cause me to crash. I, too, would arrive at work invigorated and red cheeked from the cold, amid shock and awe that I would bike in -21 degree weather and lived to tell about it.
But there is a major benefit that they don’t talk about that I am going to share with you today. You can combat fine lines and wrinkles by doing this. Biking in the freezing cold – even better: sleet! The freezing weather will stimulate blood flow to your face and will help rejuvenate the skin! Sure, you don’t want to give yourself frostbite, but if you can find that middle ground freezing cold and frostbite, you will have glowing skin. At least, that is what the internet tells me
Being able to commute on a bike is one of the greatest benefits to living in the inner city and the City of Calgary does a FANTASTIC job keeping the bike paths clear and safe for cyclists all winter long. I encourage everyone to get out there and go for a bike ride in the middle of winter!
Here's a pic of the 10th Street bridge leading into downtown. Obviously a detour was warranted here, not sure even a bike with studded tires would survive the overflow of the Bow River, but it was a fantastic day for a bike ride and the rest of the pathway was clear!