Karen Rolston is a program director with UBC Extended Learning where she leads teams that develop and implement in-person and online programs for career and professional learners.

How did you get into biking to work?

Over 15 years ago, a colleague at UBC sent an email around saying she was taking on the Bike to Work Challenge to see how many times in one week she could bike. I took up the challenge, too, and that got me started. At that time, I rode from East Vancouver 2-3 days a week. Over the years, I saw the health benefits so I gradually added another day and then another. Now I ride about 4 days a week and have become slightly addicted to it!

What’s the most important tip you would you give to someone who is new to bike commuting?

Go for high visibility – excellent bike lights, high visibility jacket. Once you have good rainproof and breathable clothing, you can ride in any weather. Leave some clothing and shoes at work so you just have to pack the basics. 

What fuels you to bike?

It’s a great stress reliever and I love building a workout into my commute. 

Multiple Choice: Which one of these is the most challenging for you? A) the hill B) the rain C) the sweat or D) the distance? E) other____

E) Car doors!  Keep an eye out for cars and car doors!

How do you conquer this challenge?

I only ride on well-marked bike routes and give a wide berth to cars so if a door swings open unexpectedly, I can clear it. 

Join your colleagues on the road and register for Bike to Work (& School) Week now.