Published July 06, 2018 10:00
This year nearly 5,000 people registered in the Bike Month contest for a chance to win one of three amazing prizes: a $500 MEC gift card and a $500 VIA Rail Voucher.
We invited our three lucky winners to share their stories. Discover how riding a bike fits into their daily lives below.
Amy Hondronicols, a physiotherapist living in Hamilton, bikes nearly every day - and encourages her colleagues to give biking a try.
Tell us a bit about you and the area you live in.
I live in Hamilton, and work as a physiotherapist. I fit biking into my daily life by using it to commute to work and to get around the city whenever possible. I find when I’ve taken a break from riding my bike - even if for a vacation - that I miss it. I’m lucky because my route to work includes great cycling infrastructure and I have bike lanes the whole way, with some parts protected, and a little bit on a cycle track as well.
How often do you bike to work and why?
I bike to work almost every day (five days a week), unless the weather is severe, and then I take the bus instead. I bike because I try to use my car as little as possible to help reduce stress on the environment. I also love to bike because it makes me feel happy and I get a bit of exercise into my day naturally.
How did you celebrate Bike Month this year?
I went to the Bike Month event at Hamilton City Hall one morning before work. I realised a colleague was trying to bike to work this month, so I also chatted with her regularly about how it was going. She was impressed at how easy it was for her to accomplish.
Where are you most excited to use your MEC gift card and VIA Rail voucher?
I might put the MEC card towards a paddleboard, so I can get that and my bike in the picture. It's my dream to commute to work by the water.
Danielle Austin of Toronto commutes by bike to the Financial District to enjoy some exercise, save time, and avoid waiting for transit.
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