More and more Londoners are adopting a pedal commute to work, especially as petrol prices rise. Some even pedal after hitting the clock.
Three people whose job description includes cycling reflect on why they wouldn’t have done it otherwise on Bike to Work Day.
Patrick Cowan, Bylaws Officer
Did you know that safety hazards are easier to spot on a bicycle than in a vehicle?
It’s one of the reasons why Patrick Cowan, a municipal law enforcement officer in the City of London, says he prefers a two-wheeled ride to work. Cowan patrols downtown and Old East Village looking for building defects and property standards issues.
Cycling also makes it more accessible to the public.
“People have an easier time reaching out or waving at us than when I’m in a vehicle,” Cowan said. “I find I get into a lot more conversations with citizens and find issues that we might not have found if I had driven by.”
How about saving lives? Cowan explains that he once met a woman in distress who needed emergency medical attention
“It was a day where I was like, man, it’s good to be on the bike because we were seeing a lot more things than we usually don’t see,” he said.
Spot Cowan and his team cycle all summer, until early November. The city also has parking officers who work on bicycles in the city center.
Johannes Lamoureux, City Wide Rickshaws
Johannes Lamoureux is easy to spot cycling down Richmond Row late at night.
Pulling a rickshaw decorated with glowing LED lights, a tambourine and a horn, Lamoureux runs City Wide Rickshaws.
He often goes out from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. to ride his bike or run around downtown with one of his five carts.
“It’s good exercise and it keeps me fit. But sometimes if I work too many hours it kind of drains my energy, and I have to stop and eat every couple of hours to make refuel and make sure I’m hydrated,” he said. mentioned.
Lamoureux can pedal over 200kg in weight, and on a busy night he estimates he covers around 50km.
Despite the rain and snow, he keeps the business running all year round.
“When it drops below minus 10 and you’re out there for three or four hours, you start getting frostbite,” Lamoureux said.
What is his cycling pro advice? To dress in warm layers.
Molly Miksa, London Cycle Link
Cycling the city with a view to making it more bike-friendly is at the heart of what Molly Miksa does in her work.
The executive director of London Cycle Link also spends time at the Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op, running bike safety workshops for children and leading group bike rides for newcomers to Canada.
“I really enjoy cycling as part of my job. I love the sense of a community. You have people on bikes who wave to each other and ring bells from time to time,” she said. declared.
This summer, Miksa hopes to attract more Londoners to take part in group bike rides on the second Sunday of each month.
“Usually people are really happy to be there with family and friends to meet people. I think the slow pace of a bike ride and the relaxed pace allows people to chat with each other as they go. measure and get to know each other,” she said.
The benefits of cycling include exercise and improved mental health, but Miksa says there’s more.
“You don’t have to pay for parking.”