Vancouver, BC -
This edition's supercommuter
is written by our friend Alan, the mastermind behind EcoVelo.
Alan has a beautiful way with words and photographs.
Check out his passion for cycling at EcoVelo.
A supercommuter rides through every season,
in all types of weather, day and night. Choosing the simplicity, health
and pleasure of bicycling, a supercommuter simply prefers to ride a
bike instead of driving a car.
Cecily Walker of Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada, certainly qualifies as a supercommuter. Whether riding
to work, the store, or just to meet up with friends, she uses her bicycle
for 99% of her daily trips. She was a fair weather bike commuter for
6 years, but a little over a year ago she went full-time, riding her
bike year-round, even through Vancouver's cold, wet winters.
moved, in part because she wanted to live closer to work, but also because
she wanted a less hilly commute. Describing
her commute, she says, "my daily ride takes me around Vancouver's
seawall, and over to a busy four-lane thoroughfare that passes under
Rogers Arena. After that stretch, I bike up a couple of gentle hills
on downtown streets that have only minimal traffic." It's not a
long commute, but Cecily is out there on her bike everyday, enjoying
the ride. "I know 3 kilometers doesn't seem like much to people
who put in 25 kilometers or more per day, but I use my bike for everything."
Cecily has found that communicating your individual
needs to your local bike shop is important when shopping for a bike. "If
a heavier rider like I am, don't be afraid to express your concerns
to your local bike shop. Heavier riders have different concerns than
our thinner counterparts, and it pays in comfort and safety to tackle
these issues head on when choosing a bike." Her dealer outfitted
her with a Fryslan,
a Dutch bike made by Batavus for the North American market. Being a Dutch
bike, the Fryslan came fully-equipped for year-round use with a rack,
lights, fenders, and a chain case. For carrying her commuting and shopping
loads, Cecily prefers stylish bags from Basil and
Po Campo - Cycle
Chic is alive and well in Vancouver!
Keeping it fun while integrating
bicycling into her lifestyle are Cecily's secrets to success as a long-term
bike commuter. She advises, "if
you're feeling daunted by it, start small. Try small trips to the
grocery store, or combine your commute with transit -- that's
how I began 6 years ago when I was commuting to the University of British
Columbia (7 kilometers from home, uphill, on the cheapest bike in the
bike store). And you don't have to be a perfect commuter to make
riding a bike part of your lifestyle. The most important thing is that
you enjoy it."
We couldn't agree more!
(photo credit: Cecily Walker)
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Planet Bike honor the silent hero of
the Revolution: the bicycle commuter. A supercommuter rides through
every season, in all types of weather, day and night. Choosing the
simplicity, health and pleasure of bicycling, a supercommuter isn't
necessarily against automobiles. They simply prefer to ride a bike to
the grocery store, to work, to a concert or the cafe.
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