Published May 23, 2017 16:10
We visited Samantha Gatchene in Burlington for our weekly cyclist series. She met with us near a beautiful waterfront trail to chat about the freedom she feels when cycling, her passion for commuting, and what inspired her to get on her bike in the first place!
Samantha Gatchene on Burlington's waterfront trail. Photo by Danielle Griscti.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m an urban planning student and a lifelong cycling enthusiast. I was raised car-free so cycling has always been a huge part of my life. When I’m not cycling, I enjoy journaling and listening to podcasts. After I finish my studies, I hope to work promoting active transportation to benefit the health of citizens, while advocating for a greater network of shared roads.
When and why did you start cycling?
I’ve been riding since I was child but got seriously into it when I got my first job. Like most teenagers, I had a million places to go but little money. Cycling offered me a cost effective solution that allowed me to balance a busy schedule while being independent. I attribute a lot of my cycling passion to my dad, who is a cyclist and is familiar with the challenges of commuter cycling. We share a special bond over cycling and he has been a huge inspiration, teaching me all about road safety while encouraging me continue cycling.
What style of bike do you ride?
I ride a Norco hybrid. I’ve covered it in yarn to add some personality and protection to my bike.
Tell us about some of the things you ride your bike for.
I ride my bike everywhere - work, groceries, and the mall. Cycling saves me the stress of navigating traffic as well as giving me a sense of freedom that doesn’t come with driving. Cycling has become an integral part of my identity because I’m passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle while supporting the reversal of peoples’ aversions to bike commuting.
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