Getting to know the Saskatoon Cycles board of directors: Johanna Bergerman

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 past few weeks we introduced you to Amber McTaggart and Kira Judge. Today you’ll meet Johanna Bergerman and learn why she wanted to join our board and how she hopes to contribute to our work.

Q: Who are you and why do you ride a bike?

I love being  physically active daily.  I was introduced to biking as a part of active living through my family and relatives in the Netherlands, where I was born. I appreciate being able to bike in this city, and living within 5 km of work I have been able to walk or bike to work for years. Biking brings me great pleasure and allows for engagement with the seasons, with the weather, and with wildlife in the city. I value opportunities to have conversation with friends and neighbours I meet along the way. 

Q: Any favourite cycling rides or routes in or around Saskatoon?

I appreciate accessing 20th street and the downtown via Victoria Bridge and getting to the leisure centres via bike trails. I especially enjoy the trail through Gabriel Dumont Park between the Broadway and the Gordie Howe bridges. 

Q: Why did you decide to join the board?

After raising four children with my partner,  I now  have more time  in my mid life to support  community groups that are  working on making this city more livable. I am aware of the UNESCO Sustainable Developmental Goals and the importance of local partnerships for  climate actions to reduce green house gases by 2030.

Q: What do you hope to contribute through your involvement? 

I value citizen action to create a more livable city. My background in health promotion work and equity issues  provides me with  knowledge, research skills, and connections that could be of benefit to the organization. 

Q: Have you already volunteered with Saskatoon Cycles?

I haven’t done any volunteering with the group yet, but I’ve really enjoyed the slow rolls with Cathy Watts. 

Q: What do you see as some priorities to make Saskatoon better and safer for cyclists?  

The commitment to the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals means creating citizen opportunities to engage in the planning for and the development  of infrastructures to improve the livability in this city. Everyone, regardless of age,  should have access to alternative modes of transportation. Citizenship should not have to involve car ownership. 

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