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Bike Month kicks off with Bike to Work Day across the GTHA and Guelph on Monday, May 27, 2019. Get ready to roll!

BIKE MONTH CYCLIST PROFILE SERIES PRESENTED BY MEC: HAMILTON

Published April 25, 2017 13:40

For our second blog post, we went to Hamilton and met Lily Romano. Lily greeted us in sunny Hamilton with her Sobi bicycle, ready to roll. We chatted about the bike lanes she likes to take, where she goes, and what she loves about using Hamilton’s bike share system.

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Lily Romano using the Charlton Ave bike lanes on a Sobi bike. Photo by Danielle Griscti

Tell us about yourself.

I'm a Hamiltonian, born in St. Joseph's Hospital, I'm a 'let's pretend' artist working in acrylics, alcohol inks and mixed media. I love to cook and feed my friends, read, sew and keep fit. Being recently retired allows me the time to do all of the above.

When and why did you start cycling?

I began cycling as a 8 year old, when my parents bought me my first CCM bicycle. I've never stopped riding and as a young parent in Lincolnshire, England, taught my own children Matthew & Kate to ride. We'd ride to the North Sea and go for a swim. Well, my kids would swim, I'd watch. The North Sea is very cold.

What style of bike do you ride?

I have owned several bikes throughout my life and now I'm part of Hamilton's bike share program. I ride a Sobi, a nickname for the social bikes! The advantages are too many to list here but my favourite things are: I do not need to store it, maintain it, clean it, or worry about someone stealing it. I learned about Sobi from Steps To Health, a wellness group here in town.

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Photo by Danielle Griscti

Tell us about some of the things you ride your bike for.

I ride a Sobi to do my shopping, go to the library, or meet up with a friend. I love being outside and there is always a Sobi in a rack somewhere near where I live.

Any favourite bike routes? What do you like about them?

I love to ride down to the Bay Front Park with friends, grab some fish and chips from Hutches and sit at the water’s edge to eat and talk. Thene ride home, feeling full and content.

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Coming May 1, take the Bike Month pledge!

Pledge to ride to school or work on Bike to Work Day, Monday May 27 and/or throughout June for a chance to win one of three trips for two courtesy of VIA Rail (to Quebec City, Montreal or Ottawa) or a weekend getaway courtesy of Welcome Cyclists. Contest closes June 18.

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