Kite Mapping & Winter Cycling

Woman holds up a camera by strings, like a puppet.

Timo Perälä of the Winter Cycling Federation convinces us that riding your two wheeler when it’s 40 below isn’t so hardcore after all. Then, Ann Chen from Public Lab takes a group of map enthusiasts into the cold to make homebrew aerial maps.

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We Can Be Winter Cyclers

The president of the Winter Cycling Federation, Timo Perälä, was recently in Edmonton for the Winter Cities Shakeup. He’s from Oulu, Finland and winter cycling is just a fact of life there, part of people’s daily routines. Timo thinks that if we stop labelling winter cycling as a niche culture here in North America, more people will get into it. He spoke to Carson Fong and Trevor Chow-Fraser.

DIY Google Maps Could Save Habitats

Ann Chen is a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Alberta and a member of Public Lab. They’re a group that’s making it super easy for anyone to produce high resolution, satellite style maps. Trevor Chow-Fraser met up with Ann Chen and one of her workshops. With point-n-shoot cameras, duct-tape, pop bottles and a kite, she soon had the group shooting maps out of a cold winter sky. Better yet, she explained how those maps can be used to protect fragile environments and hold polluters to account.

If you want to learn how to make your own aerial mapping tools, Ann Chen might be traveling through your town soon. From February 14 to March 7, she is travelling up BC’s inside passage, making stops in Bella Bella and Bella Coola. Then, from March through early May, she will be in Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Hartley Bay and Haida Gwaii.

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