In this series we stop people along the bike lanes in Vancouver and have chats with them about their thoughts on cycling, their bikes, and more. Have a look at the archive HERE.
Katrin and Karl.
Where are you biking off to today?
Katrin: We’re going on a spontaneous ride around the seawall. The biggest decision of the day was whether to go clockwise or counterclockwise around False Creek.
Karl: That sums up summer in Vancouver.
Do you bike quite frequently?
Karl: I don’t drive, and because I’m studying abroad in England during the school year, whenever I come back for the summer I really want to see a lot of the city at the same time. I find myself doing a good 4–5 hours on a bike per day at least. I have a faster bike so that I can cover some good ground, usually about 40–50 km per day. Essentially I live on a bike.
Katrin: I was really impressed when he said he was going to meet me in 20 minutes at Broadway and Commercial from his place in Burnaby.
Karl: It works if you do the hills right. I’ve got an old Italian racing bike, so the bike does most of the work.
Katrin: I don’t ride all that much. The bike I have right now is a cruiser that I got for free. It’s pretty rusty and heavy. It’s good for coasting down hills or riding on flat areas only. It’s so heavy that I can’t even put it on the front of a bus.
Karl: Really? They won’t let you?
Katrin: No, like I literally can’t lift it. What I started doing mornings is cruise downhill from my place to 12th and Commercial, and lock it outside Banditas where there is a lot of bikes – I don’t want to lock it at the Skytrain where it could get stolen – then I take the train to Gastown where I work. Then after work, I go retrieve it and sometimes I get a bite to eat at Banditas. Or sometimes I just take it for a ride like today. So my bike is kinda part of my commute. It would be pretty easy to walk that stretch but it definitely saves some time in the morning.
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