An expected 200 cycling enthusiasts from countries around the world are in Winnipeg this week for the International Winter Cycling Congress.
The second annual event, first held in Oulu, Finland last year, will see experts promote winter cycling as a viable and convenient transportation option.
“70 speakers and panelists including some who are travelling from the Arctic Circle in both Norway and Finland,” said Anders Swanson, congress director. “What’s even more staggering is the significant participation of delegates from Winnipeg. Winnipeggers are definitely awakening to the health and business benefits of cycling all-year round.”
Cycling experts from across Canada and from some of the United States’ most bike-friendly cities will make their way to the congress to share their secrets for city planning success. Participants are also coming from Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, and Japan.
“With many experts in attendance in the design and maintenance of vibrant winter cities, I am certain this conference will be an educational and professionally rewarding experience,” Mayor Sam Katz said in a statement.
A pre-conference workshop was held on Tuesday, but the actual congress runs today until Friday at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People at The Forks.