Biking in the Snow

Sometimes, pursuing dreams isn't the glamorous thing we make it out to be. Moving to Toronto for me means a very tight budget and giving up my access to a vehicle. Luckily, Toronto has great public transit, but a monthly pass is still over $100 a month. My solution has been to bike.
At first, I found biking very difficult, as I hadn't ridden my bicycle since I was a young girl. Over time, I have come to love it! Even when it is cold out. But let's face it, I don't look like this:
Or this:
Or even this:
I wish.
My school is about a 12 minute bike ride away and my job is about 20 minute ride. Often, I'm biking after dark and in windy and cold conditions and I end up looking more dorky than glam. My safety is important to me and this means making sure cars can see me. For Christmas, my parents bought me one of these:
And you can bet your bottom dollar I rock it! Along with a hat, scarf up to my eyeballs, mittens, a helmet, and blinking lights on my backpack. That's real life for you guys.
To date, biking has saved me over $500 since September! Not to mention its great exercise.
Do you guys ride your bike?


Julia Ryan said...[Reply]

smart choice, safety and being alive is always in fashion!

Applewood Road said...[Reply]

I totally admire you for biking in the winter! There are only a few super hardcore people left doing it over in Montreal, the streets get so slushy!

allergic to vanilla said...[Reply]

I wish I could say I do, but it's something I'm still learning to do. ;)

xo Carlina
I'm hosting a sweet fur-sleeved sweater giveaway over on the blog!

Kristen said...[Reply]

I wish I lived in a place with other options! My car payment, insurance, and gas has me at almost $1,000/month! Good for you! Getting exercise, saving money, and doing good for the environment!

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...[Reply]

Ha ha! You are so funny! Keep rockin that vest!

Anonymous said...[Reply]

This is a funny image :) I bike for exercise because I live on a river which has a trail... I think it'd definitely take some getting used to if I did it to actually get to specific destinations -- good for you, darling! That vest is amaze balls.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...[Reply]

Actually Tiffany I could see you in that first picture!
You are really a smart cookie! I've said over and over you will succeed have great priorities!

Our French Inspired Home said...[Reply]

Well after the holidays, I need to join you on the bike I can tell you that. -Tonya

Taylor Morgan said...[Reply]

I wish I was brave enough to bike in NYC but the drivers here are just to crazy! hopefully it's safer in Toronto! stay safe :)


Holly Foxen Wells of Glamour Mash said...[Reply]

Haha I'm with you on the safety thing, doll. I'm thinking we need to bedazzle that jacket! I bike to and from the beach and ride along the boardwalk in San Diego a ton... its such a nice pastime.

Holly Foxen Wells

Linda {Calling it Home} said...[Reply]

I'm with Taylor, as long as it is safe.

jackie jade said...[Reply]

wow good for you! great way to save money and get some exercise too. that's so sweet your parents got you a safety vest - love it!

MONICA SORS said...[Reply]

Cool photos dear, I love the snow!!

LiveLaughDecorate said...[Reply]

Safety is a must a lady. I'm pretty sure you're looking hella glam in that orange vest as well. P.s.. All this biking will also mean some killer legs. No workout needed at the gym for sure.

Jessamie {Bird and Branch Redesign} said...[Reply]

This post made me laugh! All for safety!