Winter Wheels is back for 2018! We are now looking for 25 riders who will commit to getting on their bikes this winter. We hope you are one of those folks who chooses to ride, to share your stories with our community, and to create a visible and increased presence of winter bike riders in the city of Peterborough. Wondering what that might look like? Check out our 2017 video here.
Want to join our riders? This year we are offering personal support in getting your bicycle ready to ride in winter. Participants will be offered up to $100 in new parts (like a studded tire) and $50 in used parts (like a replacement wheel) to winterize your ride. The program will kick-off in December, offer workshops in January, invite you out for events in February, and encourage you to keep riding through March and April. Applications are open from now until November 22nd. Riders selected for the program will be notified on November 26th. Apply online and get a grip on winter.
Riding a bike in the winter is a fun, safe, and reliable way to travel. The 2017 results say it loud and clear, riding a bike in winter is great! Want to read the numbers for yourself? Check out our Final Report from last year.
Follow our riders and learn about Winter Wheels related workshops and events on social media.
• Instagram @winterbikeptbo
• Facebook @communitybikeshop
• Twitter @cyclinghubptbo
• Hashtags you might find great winter biking content under include: #bikeptbo #ptbo #winterbike #snowbike #wintercommute
The rider guide includes details about the program. Please feel free to read it and contact B!KE directly if you have any questions: Winter Wheels Rider Guide
Our inspiration for the program came directly from the 2017 Winter Cycling Congress held by Velo Quebec in the beautiful city of Montreal. There Liv Jorun Andenes presented about a Norwegian program to encourage winter riding. The program aimed to incentivize winter riding by giving away studded bike tires. The program was successful in creating widespread conversation and excitement. We aim to do the same here in Peterborough!
Winter Wheels is generously funded by the City of Peterborough.