Cyclist profiles are part of an ongoing series at Spacing and I Bike TO. In celebration of the season -- and the City's Bike Winter program -- I will now focus on winter cyclists!
Name / Occupation / Age
Christina Bouchard / Bike Month Organizer / 24
What do you use your bike for?
Transportation and Recreation.
How often do you ride?
How long have you been commuting by bicycle, what made you decide to start and what would you say to someone who is considering trying it for the first time?
When I moved to Toronto for my first year of University, I left my car in Ottawa. I was so thrilled to be out of the burbs and living downtown. I would say:
"Riding your bike is like chopping wood, it will warm you up as you go”.
“Think positive. It may be winter, but it’s still nice to be outside.”
When did you start commuting in winter and why?
By November of my first year, it became winter and I just kept going.
What are the biggest challenges for winter bikers in Toronto?
Be careful of the streetcar tracks.
What reaction do you get from co-workers?
My co-workers all get it, but there are plenty of others who seem to think that my genetic make-up is somehow different from them.
What's the best thing about commuting by bicycle in winter?