Sign of the Season

Something is a little different this winter in Boston. If you pay attention to the roads you will notice something: there’s more than one bike. Actually, there’s lots of them.

A New Season

Apparently even people who ride bikes are surprised by this.

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16 Responses to “Sign of the Season”

  • morlamweb

    Thanks to you, bikeyface, I’ve started biking to work year round. In the past I would’ve retreated to the car for winter commutes, but this year, I’ve been riding every day. I bought fenders and luggage rack & bag – the former following a ride in particularly heavy rain, the later to avoid the backpack-sweaty back problem – this year. I bought a high-powered light to see where I’m going. And I left the workout clothes in the drawer and just bike in my work clothes. The roads where I ride aren’t nearly as busy in your comic – I’m pretty much the only bike on the road – but I only hope I’ve inspired others to commute by bike, too.

  • I used to bike commute a touch over 20 miles each day in TX by going multi-mode (carry the bike on the bus during the heat of the day, ride 15+ miles home after the bus quit running because I was working 2nd shift). I would frequently see restaurant workers on my way home from the office, but always in singles.

  • Tim

    While it’s nice to see a lot of other bike commuters, y’all would be most jealous if you got to see what my daily commute looks like. In my seven mile ride, on a busy day, I usually see three or four motor vehicles and no other cyclists. On a good day, I don’t see any of either. Yeah, it’s tough, but somebody has to do it. Have fun with yours.

  • CPTJohnC

    I used to love winter commuting, because there were so few cyclists, and I had the MUPs to myself. Now I have to share. I guess it’s a good thing :-)

  • Bob T.

    I live in New Jersey 15 miles north of Newark. My commute is to Newark International Airport and I have never let the winter stop me from my commutes to work. I may not do it every day but I try to make an effort to go out and ride to work and back. For the most part it is not that bad, sometimes it feels pretty neat to be out there looking at the Passaic River when it has ice on it or after it snows and view the changes of the seasons. Today’s ride start temp was 31F and I got to see a few others riding their bikes to work. More cyclist should do this, it will make the spring rides feel better and easier plus you will like the way you feel all year round!

  • Lee Hollenbeck

    I love bike traffic, makes me smile all the time. That, and studded tires.

    • Studded tires are awesome… until you forget that the ground is slippery and your shoes aren’t studded and you put a foot down at the red stop light and make a split right in front of a bunch of cars, hahahahaha.

  • crankypants

    yeah – this winter I’ve definitely seen more people out – this morning comm ave looked like it does on a nice spring day even though it was freezing. Even on that morning when it was 4 degrees there were still plenty of people out (I wimped out and took the T, though).

    If it’s like this now – I really wonder what it’s going to be like when the weather gets nice.

  • Living in Denver, the winter weather is ideal. We have a huge year round commuting population and a very good bike route system.

  • Una Nelson-White

    I used to commute by bike all year round, except when it snowed (did not have right tires for snow), in New York City. Now, it is easy to commute all year, because I live in San Diego. It is 71 F today.

  • Emily

    I commuted all year in Moscow, ID! Granted, Moscow is tiny so the commute was very short. But as long as you have the right tires, there’s only a couple types of snow I found I couldn’t bike in. I love snowbiking. It made travelling anywhere in the snow less of a chore (with my car) and more of an adventure.

  • It’s about 15 degrees and it snowed last night here in NYC. The bike paths were not yet plowed. Nevertheless, on my 5 mile commute I saw two female cyclists dressed much the way you depict yourself here, and I thought of you. It is not quite like the crowd you show here, but I was surprised to see anyone else out there in such extreme conditions. Way to go truly year-round bike commuters!

  • Jeff

    Easy winter to set a new PR for cold weather commuting. January 5 it was -18F in the morning, with a brisk wind.

    The evening before, hearing the forecast and all the dire “wind chill” warnings made me visualize walking to the bus stop for the first time in almost two years.

    Then I began to feel this as a challenge, as I was only 3 weeks away from my 65th birthday, and we haven’t been getting many sub-zero days in Madison, Wi when I could try to break my -8F record from more than 10 yeaers earlier.

    I rounded up some extra layers, applied a thick layer of Warm Skin cream, and went for it. Only my thumbs got cold. The UW was on vacation, so the residential streets and bike paths were nearly vacant. It was a great feeling riding in amid our daily throng of the car-dependent.

  • JohnH

    I’m in Milwaukee, WI, and I’ve also seen a lot more people out this winter than last, despite getting 10x as much snow and much lower temperatures. The city has even been plowing the commuter trails consistently. I don’t know what happened, but we seem to have hit some sort of tipping point.

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