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Marty PennerPeople at any age or profession are using their bike to accomplish everyday tasks
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By Momentum Contributors
21, Student (Toronto)
I prefer riding over other modes of transportation because it’s inexpensive, healthy and helps you know your city in a way that driving a car never could. I live in Toronto but go to school in Sudbury. What I like about riding in Toronto is the relative safety – from the ever-expanding bike lane network – and having many bus routes available. What I like about Sudbury is the sense of adventure and exploration I get whenever I go for a longer ride. To me, being a self-propelled person means being able to get around the city and doing anything you need to do without the need of a car.
57, Stagehand (Stratford)
I started riding when I was seven because of the sheer independence and freedom a bike affords me. I’m now a member of our local bike club and I’m a dad mentoring my two kids to bike as much as possible and to thoroughly enjoy the experience. I think the Toronto Bike Network and the Bike Union do great things, as does ARC. My cycling passion provides freedom, independence, fun, adventure and thriftiness.
37, Theatre Producer/Writer (Toronto)
I’ve been using a bike to commute for about 10 years and it has turned out to be a much more expedient alternative. I work with Clay & Paper Theatre and we are in the first year of a three-year project called Cyclops – Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad. Our goal is to bring theatre to cyclists and cyclists to the theatre. I also wrote a song called “Bicycle Revolution.”
37, Administrative Coordinator (Hamilton)
I love Hamilton bike trails like the Waterfront and Rail trails. I also like that I can cycle 12 months out of the year, the thrill of riding down the escarpment and the fact that buses now all have bike racks on the front. Hamilton has recently updated its cycling plan, Shifting Gears. Kudos go to Daryl Bender, City of Hamilton’s cycling project coordinator. I helped in the first year of McMaster University’s cycling co-op, Macycle, by getting various grants for equipment as well as setting up a project whereby donated kids’ bikes were fixed up and given to children in need.