Published May 02, 2017 17:45
For our latest blog post, we met up with Adil Dhalla last week in the heart of downtown Toronto. Adil met us at his workplace, CSI Regent Park, and we chatted about his daily commute on the Bloor Street bike lanes, and what he loves about the cycling community in Toronto.
Adil with his favourite piece of gear, outside his workplace. Photo by Danielle Griscti
Tell us about yourself.
I self identify as a civic entrepreneur and community organizer who absolutely loves my city (Toronto), but believes that it has a lot of room for growth and change. I channel my desire to be a part of this growth and change through my work at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) where I have the privilege of being the Executive Director and through Chairing the Board of the StopGap Foundation and Co-Chairing Camp Reset.
When and why did you start cycling?
I had a few starts and stops growing up but I really picked up cycling about 5 years ago when I was getting a business off the ground here in Toronto and I found cycling was the most affordable way for me to get around. One of my best friends Eric gave me his old bike so I really want to honour him for helping me overcome the financial barrier I faced at the time around buying a bike and for coaching me to get out into the streets.
What style of bike do you ride?
I rock a KHS Urban Soul, which is “one-gear city spinner” purchased at local legend Bateman’s Bicycle Company.
Tell us about some of the things you ride your bike for.
I take my bike pretty much everywhere and especially find it useful for work as it enables me to get to meetings at different locations (CSI has 4 buildings!) in a predictable fashion. I’m also motivated to tap into the health benefits that cycling provides, especially as it relates to mental health and happiness.
Photo by Danielle Griscti
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