Photo by Megan Schmidt
Meaghan Hackinen on Touring BikeMeaghan on her touring bike and ready to roll.
My four month editorial internship with Momentum Mag comes to a close this Friday, September 7. Being part of the Momentum Mag crew for two issues has enabled me the opportunity to witness the growth of ideas, stories and photo shoots from inception to completion. Under the wing of Momentum Mag senior staff and editors, I have been given the guidance and opportunity to develop my editorial skills professionally. I am thankful that I can continue along my path as a writer with practical experience under my belt and a few more tools up my sleeve.
I loved everything about my time with Momentum Mag: From the downhill ride into the Vancouver office along the Ontario Street bike route, to fact-checking and redlining articles, as well as researching and writing pieces for the web. Of course, I didn't only learn writing and editorial skills – I learned about bike culture, gear and advocacy as well. It has been an exhilarating ride – but I am lucky to be leaving the magazine for an even more adventurous endeavour.
On September 10, I trade in my pens for panniers. My boyfriend Toby and I will embark on a self-supported bicycle journey from Vancouver, BC, through the Sierra Cascades into Mexico. We will climb mountains, zigzag through city streets and cross deserts on our way south in search of eternal summer. You can follow our escapades through the vast and beautiful landscape of North America on my blog: velotramps.posterous.com.
So the journey continues – for all of us. Looking further ahead, I am excited to watch momentum grow – both in the cycle movement, and in this magazine. I am eager to be part of the shift to a less car-centric society, and grateful that Momentum Mag will be around to keep me informed, up-to-date and connected with the global cycle community. Bon Voyage!