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Cyclists take to the streets to wrap up WinterShines

3rd annual Ice Cycles event promotes safe cycling
Reported by Bryn Levy
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The streets Saskatoon were briefly taken over by a parade of cyclists on Sunday afternoon.

It was all part of an event held at the Farmer's Market in River Landing.

Dubbed Ice Cycle, the event featured workshops on winter biking and general bicycle safety.

There was also a costume contest ahead of the main event which saw about 125 cyclists form up and go for a spin downtown.

"Ice Cycle is a celebration of winter and cycling in Saskatoon," said event organizer Kamil Rogowski, adding that it was all part of a proud Canadian tradition of finding fun outdoor activities to pass the winter.

Rogowski said the good turnout for the day highlights the growing popularity of cycling in the city.

"I think (cycling) is getting more accepted and I think it is actually a really fun way to get around."

Ronnie, who is spending his first winter in the province after moving from
Lesotho, Africa gets ready to take part in the Ice Cycles bike parade. Bryn Levy/News Talk Radio 

 

Maggie McBride, who made the trek from the city's River Heights neighbourhood to participate in the event decked out in a cupid costume said she's found the city slowly becoming more accomodating to cyclists.

"It's fine if you can follow the bike trails along the river, I find that that's the best route for most places. But, in termso of room on the side of the road there's not much," she said.

Rogowski said it's not as difficult as many might think to ride your bike year-round.

He recommended warm clothes, studded tires and a good pair of ski goggles as good items to invest in if your planning to ditch the car for two wheels in the winter.

"When you consider the cost of driving, it's not expensive. i think you could get all the gear and everything for -- including the bike -- under a thousand dollars."

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