"About 30 well-bundled cyclists and a handful of police joined Councillor Adrian Heaps, chairman of city council's cycling committee, yesterday to brave frigid air and warnings of heavy wind gusts of a campaign to promote winter cycling. The ride from City Hall to Metro Hall - billed the 'Coldest Day of the Year Ride' - attracted hardy souls such as Smokey Dymny and his Dutch-designed 'long john' cargo bike. While Mr. Heaps has spearheaded plans to speed up the painting of bike lanes, Toronto has lower rates of year-round cycling than some other cities with similar or worse climates."
Smokey, staffperson of the Community Bicycle Network, bundled up on CBN's "long john" bike and decorated it with a pair of long johns for a flag (in case you can't figure out what's flying in front of him).
In an interesting segue, the Crime Stoppers cops visited CBN to help encourage cyclists to register their bikes with their online registration service. They put a video up featuring Smokey and CBN talking about registering their bikes and also about what CBN does. Smokey mentions that he's going to wear a pair of long johns and ride the long john.
Confession: I biked down to the end of the ride at Metro Hall so while I was winter biking I didn't participate in the ride. I figured I still deserved a hot chocolate from Cocoasol (made with their bike-powered blender nonetheless!).