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.
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.
Gwen Charman (treasurer)
I am a retired CPA who loves living in Saskatoon. My husband Guy and I are recreational cyclists. We have done some trails in our National Parks over the years, but most of our cycling these days is on the Meewasin Trail. Wouldn’t it be great day if 3,000 cars parked at the University and 3,000 cars parked downtown were replaced with bikes. That would change our community’s carbon footprint. Significant change requires innovation by our City, our corporations, and many individuals. Saskatoon Cycles supports all these many efforts. The expansion of well-designed bike lanes in the city core and along selected arterial roads would make cycling much safer and encourage many more cyclists.
I’m a family physician at the Saskatoon Community Clinic. I practice the full scope of general family medicine with a special focus in obstetrics and paediatric care as well as addictions medicine. I believe strongly in cycling as a means of addressing a lot of health and environmental issues in our world. I get a lot out of being with like-minded people fighting the good fight together. It’s far better for ones’ mental health than ranting at things by oneself! I’m most proud of the advocacy work we’ve done in increasing awareness in the city that cycling is something regular people do daily to get to school, work, and to do their daily errands. We’re helping normalize cycling as something regular people do to get around.
Erin Edwards (co-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.
Kira Judge (co-chair)
I moved from BC to Saskatoon in August 2007 with my husband and son. I am a mechanical engineer and an environmental economist and currently enjoy solving business problems as a Senior Business Analyst in IT of FCL. Lately, my focus is neuroplasticity. I research why people’s emotions are more important than reasoning, logic and facts when it comes to election choices. I have been enjoying car-free life in Saskatoon for 12 years. The latter inspired me to become a certified Happy for No Reason trainer. I am excited to apply the Happiness teachings and principles to serve my be-loved community of Saskatoon. I have a vision and dream for YXE world-class bike lanes by 2025. I speak fluent Russian and Kyrgyz languages and am inspired to speak French.
I’m a husband, a father of two young boys, and an IT professional for a local credit union. I feel like I’ve discovered the joy of riding a bike three separate times. I rode my bike a lot as a kid but like most people I stopped when I got my drivers license. Once I started post secondary school I realized I could get around faster than the bus and I didn’t have to pay for parking. When I entered the workforce I needed a car for my job but eventually that need went away and I started noticing how much I dreaded the commute. I started riding to work more and more until I was riding for most of the year. About 5 years ago I thought I’d give winter riding a shot so I bought some studded tires and I haven’t looked back.
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.