Cold Doesn’t Keep Thousands From Walking, Riding In Iowa City

By Mark Carlson, Iowa City Bureau Chief

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Take away the winter jackets, snow and wet streets, and it almost looked like a summer day Wednesday in Iowa City. A downtown bank marquee read six degrees most of the day, but thousands of people trekked on with their daily lives.

“You’ve got to put on layers, you have to walk careful, it’s icy,” said Kelsey Sheets, a junior at the University of Iowa.

Busses continued picking-up and dropping-off people who waited outside at the bus stop. Down the street some students even played in the snow near the Pentacrest.

“I try to make sure I have my head covered,” said Bayo Ajose, also a UI junior. “Hats and gloves and move quickly.”

One group even seems to welcome the snow and cold. This month members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee and the UI’s office of sustainability issued the “Winter Warrior Challenge” to fellow bikers.

“We had over 200 people sign up,” said Mark Pooley, who helped organize the challenge.

In just over a week the bikers have combined to travel nearly four thousand miles throughout the area in the winter cold. The winner, the person who logs the most miles, will receive various prizes from local bike shops and organizations.

“I prefer the cold,” said Pooley. “It’s easier to add layers, when it’s hot there’s not as much you can do to cool down.”

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