I am a mother of 4, a grandmother and I commute to work regularly and I ride on the weekend for recreation. I am passionate about cycling because it has so many benefits, not just for the cyclist but for the whole community.
Like many Australians, Chris rode a bike to school, but traded two wheels for four in university and the workplace as an ICT professional for the last 20 years. But 5 years ago, frustrated with the cost of public transport and running two motor vehicles, one of which just to sit at the train station all day, he decided to ride from his home in Jindalee to work in the Brisbane CBD.
Peter Mah has a background in the mining industry and has lived in Perth for the past 12 years. A cyclist from his high school days he continued to ride even when living in small outback mining towns.
Sundance adopted cycling as his principal means of transport in high school. Since moving to Adelaide to study at university he has fallen in love with the network of off-road paths through the Adelaide parklands, the River Torrens linear park, and the beachfront esplanade areas, and wants to see such infrastructure expanded and provided in urban and rural communities across the country. He sees mandatory helmet laws and lack of infrastructure as major impediments to a greater uptake of utility cycling.
Childhood paperboy and chemist boy, Jai Cooper, has taken the use of his bike to great lengths. What began as simply a way to get around, cycling for Jai took a major importance when an injury ended his ability to walk significant distances.
For over a decade, Geoffrey has been running his own carpentry business based in the northern suburbs, where he has lived for over 20 years. In his free time he is involved in his children’s sports activities, including coaching his son’s basketball team.
Noel grew up on a farm at Griffith and came to the inner west of Sydney to attend Sydney University where he studied economics and government. He started a bike shop in Newtown and later set up in Summer Hill as a wholesaler. The business moved to Marrickville a few years ago. During all these years Noel has used a bicycle to get around. Wanting others to feel safe on the roads, he became involved in bicycle advocacy.
Dr Chris Howard is a clinical psychologist and small business owner in Perth’s northern suburbs. Chris is the founding president of Northern Beaches Cycling Club and passionate advocate for improved cycle networks and dedicated facilities for rider education, recreation and sport.
Chris’s philosophy is that cycling is a vital medium for healthy, active and engaged communities that ultimately reduces the Government health and mental health bill.
Edward is a software support engineer. He became passionate about commuting by bike about 20 years ago. Having lived in different cities, he’s seen ones that are pleasant, and easy to get around, and others that devote too much space to cars.
Angus is an architecture graduate and urban designer. He is passionate about cross-disciplinary approaches to urban planning issues and the redevelopment of outer-suburban, regional and rural Australia.