One of the objections to giving cycling status as a mainstream transport choice usually comes from people who think cycling stops when the rain starts.
Now, I've said previously I don't commute in the rain, because too much of my route is on roads shared with heavy traffic, trucks and speeding and distracted drivers. That's changed for me this year because of a bike with better handling and improved disc brakes. I feel safer, so I have kept riding most days although I have been taking a longer route to avoid the worst of the traffic. It helps that we've had a long, fairly dry and warm autumn. This is the deepest into the autumn/winter season I have ever commuted, and to be honest it's no big deal.
But in the countries where the infrastructure is in place, riding carries on 365 days a year without a second thought, relieving pressure on public transport and roads, and improving the overall health of it's citizens.
I LOVE that when the snow or the rain or both comes down, the call goes out for the spirit of Viking Biking; i.e. nut-up and get on your bike anyway.
This is a true "have a go" spirit, not like the over-coddled Australian, huddled in their individual climate controlled metal murder box.
Build cities for people and not cars, and anything is suddenly possible.