See, if I were the type, I would have happily shared that same forbes article because I'm proud of it for stuff like that (and would be a heavy user if I still lived there). I'd dispute the 9-months comment though. If I can bike year round in chicago, I can bike year round in MN. A little colder and snowier (snow's the most fun part of winter biking!), but its nothing like riding literally 5 feet away from lake michigan on a windy, frozen day.