Board Members 2023-24
I’m a mostly-retired doctoral psychologist from a clinical-community practice, still consulting about trauma, physical activity, and mental health. I’m interested in things that make people feel good and de-stress, and all the things which bring happiness. This includes being active and outside. I’m a utility bicycle rider- going places by bike instead of car. About 30 years ago I noticed that I was finding it increasingly stressful getting from place to place in Saskatoon, so I started focusing 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 the day: in all weather, to ride where ever. Meeting people and chatting is natural when you’re on a bicycle.
I work in the field of conservation/environmental education in Saskatoon, so sustainable transportation has always been a big part of what I advocate for and try to embody. I spent my early days in a little seat on the back of my dad’s bike. As soon as I learned to ride on my own I was hooked, and have been an avid cyclist ever since. I have done a fair amount of long-distance touring on my dad’s old Bianci road bike and have more recently been involved in mountain biking and cyclocross in the city. Along with Saskatoon, I have lived in Vancouver, Montreal, and a few places abroad, and I’ve found it interesting to discover various cycling infrastructure in different places. My husband and I are intentionally car-free and hope to keep it up as long as possible! I love our little city and want everyone to feel safe, comfortable, and empowered while riding a bike.
I am a four season cyclist, commuting to work by bicycle five days a week, twelve months a year. I am a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, and McMaster University, currently employed as an Employment Counsellor. I am the Chair of Jane’s Walk Saskatoon and have volunteered/served on the board of a number of nonprofits in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. I have volunteered with Saskatoon Cycles in a number of capacities including, but not limited to: Liveable Saskatoon, the Bike Valet, and the “Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” Slow Roll that highlighted various pieces of bike infrastructure 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. I’ve just recently gotten back to cycling all year round. 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 reaching out along strategic routes to the suburbs so that everyone in the city would find cycling safer and encourage cyclists of all ages and abilities to ride bicycles regularly.
I ride for health and financial benefits, and avoiding traffic and the stresses driving brings. I’ve been car free for 5 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.
Zack MacGregor (Treasurer)
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 five 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 15 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.
I am a lifelong bike commuter who has lived in Saskatoon for the last seventeen years. I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with both Agriculture and Education degrees, and have been involved in several green energy and energy saving initiatives in the city. I recently retired from the Confederation Inn and look forward to working on projects that improve Saskatoon and the wider environment, preferably without attending Zoom meetings.