These Cities Have America's Most Hardcore Bike Commuters
Physical limitations notwithstanding, commuting to work on a bike is pretty straightforward.
The right clothing to keep you warm and dry is relatively cheap and easy to find, as is safety equipment. (A solid bike need not break the bank either.) And then there are the health benefits and the fact that biking usually beats unpredictable public transit or congested rush hours. [slideshow:821]
But when the weather gets rough, saddling up instead of driving takes a little bit extra. It requires changing to threaded tires to conquer the snow, pedaling beneath a poncho when the clouds burst open or buttoning up in freezing weather.
Not all riders are up to the challenge, but in some places those challenges are a given—and people still ride.
When the League of American Bicyclists released its annual report on the state of bike commuting last month, included was a list of cities with both high rates of cycling to work and exceptionally bad weather.
From the humid subtropics where it rains over a third of the year to a certain windy Midwestern city where the winters are so infamous the locals hold festivals dedicated to riding through them, these are the wettest, coldest, snowiest American cities where the cycling army pedals on.