May 27 - June 30


Discover the joy of biking

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


Published April 18, 2017 13:55

This is the first in a series of blog posts about cyclists from around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Today we are profiling Krysten Bates who lives in Richmond Hill in York Region.

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Photo by Danielle Griscti

It was a beautiful day to head north of Steeles Avenue into York Region. At Regional Road 7 and Commerce Valley Drive, we met Krysten Bates, who rides her bike about 5 km to work here. With the wind in her hair, she says her black hybrid saves her about 5-10 minutes per trip each day.

Krysten rides her bike to work in Richmond Hill, as well as some recreational and trail riding when she can. We asked Krysten some questions about why she chooses to bike, her essential gear, and tips she has for people who want to try riding!

Tell us about yourself.

I’m an avid soccer player, knitter, tree-hugger and of course, cyclist! I live and work in Richmond Hill, so
my commute is fairly short (just over 10km round-trip).

When and why did you start cycling?

I lived in Victoria, BC for a short while back in 2014. I did so little driving there that I ended up taking my
car off the road and bought a bike to use for commuting instead. When I moved to Richmond Hill in 2015, a friend from work encouraged me start getting back into the habit of riding to work again. If I recall correctly, my first official day riding to work was Bike to Work Day 2015. I continue to ride for a number of reasons but one of the main drivers is the environmental benefit of commuting by bike. The smaller my carbon footprint, the better!

What style of bike do you ride?

I ride a hybrid made by Raleigh. It’s the perfect fit for my needs (mostly light trail and road riding).

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

Function, fitness and fun . Whether it’s riding to work, to see a friend or to grab groceries, most of the
time I’m riding to get from point A to B. I do, however, enjoy ... Read more

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.