MINNEAPOLIS - Cyclists are exploring how they could help during a regional disaster in the winter.

The Winter Cycling Congress, being held in the Twin Cities, partnered with the Hennepin County Medical Center on Wednesday for a drill to see how bikes could assist during disasters.

Members rode around town, checking in at different locations to show how they’re capable of helping out. “Carrying messages, gathering information and even carrying freight from one place to another,” says Steve Durrant of Seattle, Washington.

Stops during the drill included Hennepin County Medical Center and a fire house.

“A lot of us here in the cities ride all year long and so we're really ideally positioned to get out when the weather is bad and help our friends and neighbors,” says Richard Gray of Minneapolis.

The Winter Cycling Congress is aimed at showing how bicycles can be used for transportation all year round.