Herb - An (out of the) ordinary cyclist
A mock interview of Herb vanden Dool, by Herb vanden Dool.
We hope to make these cyclist profiles a major feature of this website!
- What do you use your bike for?
I ride everywhere - to work and back; to get groceries or to hang out with friends. Only the coldest, most miserable days of winter stop me. I just bought a trailer so I can carry larger items on the back as well.
- How long have you cycled?
I've been cycling since I was a kid on a farm in Alberta. I once biked the 20 kilometres to Lethbridge from our farm and figured it was a big undertaking. Now it seems easy, but perhaps it wasn't considering the regular hurricane force winds on the prairies.
- How often do your ride?
I end up riding whenever I'm not working from home. It gets me out of my neighbourhood which is getting a bit dreary.
- Who inspired you to start bike commuting?
I started commuting in Edmonton, but when I moved to Toronto I got involved with the Community Bicycle Network thanks to Ron Kuipers and Todd Parsons. They got me into cycling activism which eventually led to this website!
- Any advice for new riders?
Start riding with experienced cyclists. Join a group and learn some new things. Try out the RideMatch feature of this site!
- What do you wish you could change about cycling in Toronto?
I wish we had a less fractured cycling community that could be a strong voice for the city, pushing for funding that is proportional to our numbers!
- Have you inspired others to start bike commuting?
I once got a non-cycling girlfriend to ride once on the Islands! Actually, I'm sure I've inspired lots of people through my old job as Cycling Ambassador.
- What's the favourite part of your bike commute?
I like smooth fast roads so whenever that happens then I am happy.