Children In Finland Continue To Ride Bicycles To School In -1 7degC( 1.4 degF) Weather And It’s A Lesson In Commuting

Are you a cyclist? If so, are you one of the many who carefully sets old faithful into storage over the winter months, convinced that all that rain, snowfall and ice is just unsuitable for biking? Well, this Finnish township is living proof that winter cycling is perfectly possible with the right planning and infrastructure, and attaining us feel a little soft for get in the car at the sight of a little snow.

Pekka Tahkola, an urban well-being engineer for Navico Ltd . and a cycling coordinator for the City of Oulu, took a photo of the local school’s bicycle parking lot in -1 7C recently to show that no matter what the conditions , nothing is keeping these kids off their bikes.

Because although it might seem strange for some parents to let their children loose on two wheels, exposed to the icy cold of a northern winter, here in Finland it’s a perfectly normal and healthy thing to do. “We coordinated a study tour for participants from southern Finland for them to see how cycling to school is taken care of in our city, ” Pekka told the informative environmental website MNN. “We visited a couple of schools and also spoke a lot with local teachers and principals. I’m pretty sure this school is among the best ones. It is definitely not the only one, and there are numerous schools in Oulu where the majority of kids cycle and stroll to school.”

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“It’s normal; always been like that. I cycled and kicksledded to school when I was a kid, too, ” he says. “And it’s the same thing even in minus 30 C.”

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