December 8, 2008
This is what a residential street looks like after snow in Edmonton. I'll take more pictures later of how the streets turn all disgusting, sludgy, and brown after cars have been all over it.
Even the dog park is covered in white veil. Sigh, opportunities to be chic are become sparse.
It's very slippery. The previous snowfall has melted and become thin ice, and new snow sits on top. A very cumbersome combination. Even when I'm just walking it's hard to get any traction unless I'm actually wearing 'winter' boots. Like, the kind I wear while tobogganing!
My heeled boots are still fine, I just don't move nearly as fast.
One last gripe is sunlight. The sun sets very early now and even during the day it is often overcast. So gloomy. During Christmas holidays this isn't a big deal because of all the festivities, but come January/Feb we all tire of it and start to really feel restless.
This blog will likely morph into a blog about ecomobility in general and less exclusively about cycling while looking cute. At least in the sketchy winter months where every day is unpredictable. In a city like Edmonton there comes a time when biking and public transit make a beautiful union. I'll be taking the 7 today. My favourite bus that picks me up right outside my house and plops me down smack dab in the middle of downtown. The weather is -10 for the daily high. -17 low.
Bus chic is something that is often overlooked. Many people only take the bus here in Edmonton if they have no other choice, as a last resort. As a result you get a lot of sketchy and sad looking people on the bus, which doesn't encourage fashionable people to take it in the first place. Moving around the city in an environmentally responsible way doesn't have to look sad. It can looks smart and fabulous. Bus or bike.