Getting to know the Saskatoon Cycles board of directors: Amber McTaggart
As a non-profit, Saskatoon Cycles relies on the generous efforts of its volunteers. One of the ways you can contribute to and help shape the direction of our work is by becoming a member of our Board of Directors. At our AGM on November 10th, three people joined our Board. Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce them to you through a series of Q and A posts in which they share the reasons they wanted to join our board and how they hope to contribute.
Q: Who are you and why do you ride a bike?
I am an administrator in my work life, and in my personal life I’m a dog parent. I’ve been living in Saskatoon for over a decade now and still love it. I am involved in the arts and music community through the Ness Creek Cultural and Recreation Society.
If I’m not in the city I can usually be found up north or back in the mountains, where I grew up.
I consider myself a Point A to Point B kind of cyclist; I mostly ride for commuting. I have set up my bike in my basement to get ‘trained up’ over the winter so that I can be in shape to want to go for recreational rides next spring and summer.
Q: Any favourite cycling rides or routes in or around Saskatoon?
The Meewasin Valley trails are such an amazing feature in the city that really does a great job of breaking up the concrete and roadways.
I also very much enjoy the bike route on 23rd as a route to get from home to downtown and to the west side of the city (when there aren’t too many potholes…)
Q: Why did you decide to join the board?
I would love to be involved with making cycling more inclusive and help to work at changing the perception of biking in Saskatoon.
Q: What do you hope to contribute through your involvement?
I hope to be a part of the change of making Saskatoon a more active city.
Q: Have you already volunteered with Saskatoon Cycles? If so, what initiatives have you been involved in?
I helped out with the bike valet a few times and thought it was such a great initiative to make biking more appealing and easy.
Q: What do you see as some priorities to make Saskatoon better and safer for cyclists?
Bike lanes for commuting, safe bike lock ups.