Until this year I hadn’t rode a bike since I was a teenager. Even as a kid my bike exposure what some what limited, I grew up on a hilly country road so going for a bike ride wasn’t something we didn’t do on an every day basis. There was one summer where I biked to the next concession every day for a couple of weeks to cat sit. That was my first experience biking beside a highway and really turned me off biking on unpaved shoulders. I also biked occasionally in town when visiting my Grandma.
Since our move into town in January Andrew and I have been talking about biking and this Spring I got a bike! The Soo has some surprisingly bike friendly areas – the bike lane on Queen Streets makes a bike ride to my work not so hazardous and the hub trail is a great way to explore the city on a bike friendly path. As a family we’ve been using our bikes to visit local parks and playgrounds. It’s been a joy to explore our neighbourhood via bikes and to find new places for us to play as a family. I’ve also loved looking at the gardens on the numerous side streets we’ve been biking down.
Next week, while Little Miss is staying with her grandparents, I’m hoping to bike to work a few times. I love the idea of an active commute and seeing the city from a different perspective.