Siobhan Murphy, Housing Programs Manager with Human Resources advises to start slow, plan, and experiment when you’re new to cycling. 

1. How did you get into biking to work?

 I really wanted to get out of my car and reduce emissions.

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

Keep your expectations moderate to start, it’s not all going to happen in a week.  Start slow, plan, and experiment.  And do it in the nice weather to start.  It’s more fun.

3. What fuels you to bike? 

It feels soooo great to not drive!  And there is so much great bike infrastructure in the City, you can go all the way from where I live to UBC on designated bike routes.  It’s just fantastic.

4. 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____

Well, as I have chosen an e-bike this past year, I basically solved the hill problem, which was my major concern.  I’ve cycled a fair bit over the years, so I have lots of rain gear, and I’m not as sweaty with the e-bike.  You still have to work at it, but it’s light conditioning. It really makes it a no brainer.  You’re never going to be too tired to bike, because you will always have a little help if you need it.  The only thing is I look a little less tidy as I change once I get to work.   And sometimes I have forgotten a key piece of clothing.  Like shoes, a belt.  I now have a stash of things at work just in case.

5. How do you conquer this challenge?

With a sense of humour and a feeling that this is so much better any way you slice it.  Less emissions?  Check.  Fresh air?  Check.  Getting some exercise?  Check, check, check.