Board Members 2022-2023
I’m a doctoral psychologist in a clinical-community group practice, so in my days, I mostly see patients. The community part of this means I’m interested in things that make people feel good, which bring happiness. This includes being active and outside. I’m a bicycle commuter, not really riding for recreation, unless we have travelled somewhere. About 20 years ago I noticed that I was finding it increasingly stressful getting from place to place in Saskatoon, so I started focussing on what made the journey or trip more or less enjoyable. This meant, for me, not driving in spring, summer, and fall. About 5 years after that, I bought studded tires and started riding in winter too. It’s one of those happy parts of my day: in all weather, to ride home, and decompress.
Johanna Bergerman (treasurer)
I come by my interest in biking through my family roots in the Netherlands. My first remembered experience as a child was riding on the child seat in-between my father and the handlebars of his bike. My immersion in that biking culture has made me open to the potential for doing things differently here in Saskatoon. My work with Health Promotion Department has also made me aware of the need for promoting opportunities for active lifestyle and the need for advocacy efforts to bring about that change. I valued the opportunity to learn winter biking from Cathy Watts, and owe her a debt of gratitude.
Erin Edwards (past chair)
I love all forms of biking from road biking to fat bikes. I am a member of the Pedal Wenches road biking group and the Fatlanders Fat Tire Brigade. One of my favorite activities is riding the amazing network of singletrack trails Saskatoon has along the river. With a fat bike you can even do this in the winter! My passion for cycling started at a young age with mountain biking in Kananaskis on camping trips to bike hikes with the Girl Guides. I am a year round cycle commuter, embracing winter cycling in 2017. I’m excited for the future of cycling in Saskatoon.
Gordon Holtslander (chair)
I am a retired Communications and IT professional who loves living in Saskatoon. My wife and I are recreational cyclists. I mostly bike because it’s so much easier to get around. While I have biked year-round in times past, sadly the last several years I haven’t felt safe enough on Saskatoon City streets to continue. I’ve been involved with Saskatoon Cycles since the early days of the organization as both a board member off and on, but always as the SC tech guy. I would really like to see well-integrated bike lanes in the city core reaching out along strategic roads to the suburbs so that everyone in the city would find cycling safer and encourage cyclists of all ages and abilities to ride their bicycles regularly.
I ride for health and financial benefits, and avoiding traffic and the stresses driving brings. I’ve been car free for 4 years. Cycling is the most efficient way to move around a city. Separated infrastructure to all areas of the city, and proper and safe parking at all destinations is required for a major city in this day and age. I’ve volunteered for the bike valet, slow rolls, and bike sales. Meeting people, and seeing the diversity of different bikes people ride for these events is fascinating to me. Being on the board will give me the opportunity to work towards a better cycling experience for citizens of Saskatoon as a means of transportation.
I love riding the Meewasin trail system and am very exited for the improvements that have been made, and are coming. I also enjoy finding trails through neighborhoods that I haven’t been on before.
I work for a local credit union and I’ve lived in Saskatoon all my life. I’m primarily a utility cyclist, I like to use my bike to commute to work, the library, etc. I’ve been biking since I would ride to elementary school and I got used to the status quo. I’m a father of two elementary aged kids now and it’s really opened my eyes to how challenging it can be to get around by bike. I’d like to help make changes so they and their kids don’t have to just get used to the way it is. Biking is such a great way to stay in shape, help the environment, and reduce traffic that I’d like to see it be as inviting as possible.
I work in IT and spend much of my workdays in an office building with a stack of laptops beside me and a dark room behind me filled with blinking lights. Commuting by bike is a great way for me to look forward to the day and gives me the energy to keep those lights blinking green. I started cycling in 2018 as an easier way to play Pokémon Go over driving, and I soon started cycling to work once I realized that you could actually get places on a bike. I had always just assumed that a car was the only way to get around. Fast forward three years to today, and I hardly drive anymore and use my bike for nearly all transportation needs. I have realized that a bike is a simple solution to many problems we face today. By cycling, I am in better physical shape, better mental state, I am contributing less to climate change, I am saving myself money, and I am simply enjoying myself more! The more people that get on a bike, the better.
Amber McTaggart (secretary)
I work as an administrator in Saskatoon. I’ve lived in Saskatoon for 14 years, moving here from the mountains, where I spent most of my childhood years biking around town and briefly trying mountain biking, and quickly realizing the rush is not for me. While I wouldn’t consider myself an avid cyclist, I do consider myself a prospective cyclist. I want to feel comfortable and able to commute safely to and from work and also enjoy recreational biking. I would like to be involved in turning Saskatoon into more of a bike friendly city, so that I and others can enjoy it to its fullest. I am a firm believer in exercise as contributor to mental wellbeing and making it more accessible to everyone.