CDG at the 2016 Winter Cycling Congress

Year-round walking and biking for people (and pets) of all ages and abilities in Oulu, Finland. Credit: PekkaTahkola and Winter Cycling Congress.

CDG presented at the 2016 Winter Cycling Congress, which was held this February in Minneapolis and which was the international conference's first convening in the United States.

In its fourth year, the conference draws participants who live in winter climates throughout the world with a shared vision of increasing walking and biking among people of all ages and abilities throughout winter. Attendees come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including stakeholders and thought leaders in pedestrian and bicycle planning, Safe Routes to School, transportation planning, traffic engineering, public works, urban design, landscape architecture, public health, journalism, the arts, and others.

CDG Director Antonio Rosell presented approaches for pedestrian and bicycle planning in suburban and low-density communities. Antonio's presentation drew on learnings and best practices we have developed through our work in numerous Twin Cities suburbs and in communities throughout Greater Minnesota - including lessons related to facility maintenance and winter-related issues.

The Winter Cycling Congress is a project of the Winter Cycling Federation, which was established in 2013. The Federation was established by President Timo Perälä following the first Winter Cycling Congress in Finland to continue the exchange of ideas and winter cycling knowledge. The mission of the Winter Cycling Federation is to promote winter cycling worldwide. This is the fourth Winter Cycling Congress, and the first ever in the United States. Previous WCC events were held in Oulu, Finland in 2013, Winnipeg, Canada in 2014 and Leeuwarden, the Netherlands in 2015.

The 2017 Winter Cycling Congress (announced at the closing of this year's conference) will be held in Montreal, Canada.