Staying Active in Cool Weather

Post by Megan, Information Services staff

For many of us, our natural instinct as the weather cools is to cozy up inside. However, there is so much to gain by staying active and getting some outdoor sun in. Here are just a few ideas to use some energy.

Try a Local Walking Tour

Bust out your Bike

Get Winter Ready

In June, we shared some resources for getting your bike road ready, and now it’s time to winterize. This video, from Cycling Magazine, shares how to prepare your bike and protect it from salt and snow.

Explore the City

Ready to go? Explore some of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Indigenous History with a self-guided Indigenous Bike Tour. The linked map is a revision of a 2015 map which was a joint project between Kitchener Public Library and ARA Archaeology. You can load the online version of the map or print the PDF. The route takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes by bike or 3 hours on foot. 

Cycle Downtown

Alt text: A mockup design image of proposed separated bike lanes on Joseph street in downtown Kitchener. A median separates vehicles travelling one way and cyclists travelling in both directons.

The City of Kitchener has set a goal to double the number of trips made by cycling every five years. One way the city has already improved safety for cyclists is by installing easy to use bike cages in the downtown. Did you know that there is a cage conveniently located in the parking garage of the Central Library? 

Kitchener’s strategic plan also includes the construction of a continuous and protected cycling grid that connects adjacent neighbourhoods to the downtown. It also connects to popular trails like the Spur Line Trail, Iron Horse Trail and the Great Trail. The grid will provide a new, safe and convenient way for people on bikes to access all that downtown has to offer. 

Streets included in the cycling grid include Joseph Street (as pictured above), Water Street, Duke Street, Ontario Street and Cedar Street, including new one-way street operations for motor vehicles on portions of those streets. A boulevard multi-use trail is proposed for Margaret Avenue and Otto Street. Visit Engage Waterloo Region to see proposed cycling grid designs, register for an open house and share your thoughts.

Take it Inside with a Workout Video

Check out a DVD workout from our collection or stream something from Hoopla or even Download Library (only within a web browser).

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