Published May 16, 2017 11:31
We headed to Mississauga to meet Nicole Hanson along a beautiful lake trail for our latest cyclist profile. She is passionate about riding her bicycle to find new paths and navigate around the city. Her flower-decorated basket and bike provide her the perfect ride to take in the stunning views.
Nicole Hanson enjoying the view at LakeView. Photo by Danielle Griscti.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Nicole Hanson. I am an environmental cultural planner living in Mississauga.
This city is undergoing a tremendous amount of urban change and I enjoy exploring it at the petal of my bicycle. I have been a strong advocate for active transportation: cycling, rollerblading, walking and park equity for children. I grew up in both Lakeview and Cooksville and I am extremely passionate about pursuing active transportation in these areas of Mississauga.
When and why did you start cycling?
I started cycling since I was about 6 years old. I enjoy cycling to experience the city because it engages my senses of way-finding in a variety of ways. To me this means that I am able to move in neighbourhoods, streets, parks, parking lots and traffic by actively creating paths, routes and way-finding techniques at a whim. Every ride is an adventure. Unplanned rides take me one landscape experience to the next, and he rhythm of how I experience my urban environment is constantly changing.
What style of bike do you ride?
I ride a flowered commuter bike called Genesis. The front of my bike carries half a dozen roses and the basket located in the rear is canopied with floral arrangements. The frame of my bike has a low diagonal top tube design which enables me to wear dresses and skirts as a woman. I enjoy riding my bike based on my everyday urban experience and not conforming to “traditional cyclist” appearances. Riding this style bike advocates for people to get motivated and inspired to ... Read more