Kate Stewart is a program coordinator for Extended Learning and counts the scenery as a plus during her cycling commutes.

How did you get into biking to work?

I have always been keen on biking – the public transport in New Zealand (where I am originally from) is nowhere near as good as Vancouver, so cycling is a much easier way to get around. It is a great way to keep fit, help the environment and save money.

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

It is definitely worth getting properly kitted out – make sure to invest in a good quality helmet, bike lock, bike lights and wet weather gear.

What fuels you to bike?

Knowing how stuffy and miserable it can get being crammed onto the 99 bus! Also, nothing beats the feeling of flying down the hill at the end of the day – I never get sick of looking out at the North Shore mountains.

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) Definitely biking in the winter – the cold plus the dark makes it a lot more of a challenge, but I still think it is worth it.

How do you conquer this challenge?

I hide my bus pass so I have no choice but to ride! In all seriousness though, having good gear is essential.

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