Kimberley rides to work

I first met with Kimberley Nelson last year at the end of October. Snowember had come and gone, and Calgary wasn’t into full blown winter yet. We were both out and about on our road bikes so we met in Kensington for a coffee and a chat. Kimberley had graciously agreed to give me some advice about our project in her capacity as President of Bike Calgary. Bicicles, the documentary, was just getting underway (it didn’t even have its name then), and things like the WCBC Survey weren’t part of our lexicon yet. I also took the opportunity to talk with Kimberley about her winter commuting experiences. We only caught up again this past January to take a few photographs to go along with her story. By that time there was no question that we were into full-on winter.

Early Morning Commute Through Snow

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Our heroes

Since the winter cycling season is likely over now, certainly for the next few weeks anyways, it’s probably time to introduce our heroes so far. I’ve done nine interviews since the end of October. Most were from contacts made through our winter cycling survey, but there were a couple that I knew beforehand. The heroes I’ve chosen to interview were selected based on their answers to the survey; so a little bit about the length and type of commute, a little bit about their demographic, and mostly on who I could get ahold of. I tried to followup with everyone that asked to be included in the project, but sometimes communications and schedules failed to work out in our favours.

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Well, hello there winter cyclists

Early Morning Commute Through Snow

She pumps her legs effortlessly. Her tires turn soundlessly through the thick, powdery snow. Even time passing has been muted by the heavy flakes that sting her cheeks in the most delightful way. The street lights shimmer from the frost and falling snow. Soon she’ll be through this oasis of calm and riding beside the morning traffic as they all make their way into work. That’s fine too because this is just another morning commute by bicycle.

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