I cannot believe September is almost here! The leaves start changing colour in Saskatoon in September, but we usually have a few great weeks of warm weather first. With the warm weather this summer also came many festivals and events around the city that I had the pleasure of easily biking to from my new downtown condo!
Most recently was the YXE Bike to Work day (note – “YXE” is the airport code for Saskatoon). A record number of people hopped on their bikes to commute to work, which was complete with dozens of “commuter stations” throughout the city offering free breakfasts, coffee, and more! A local group, Saskatoon Cycles, has been operating volunteer-run bike valets at various community events throughout the city, which has been extraordinarily appreciated! The bike valets encourage active transportation to/from the many events in our city throughout the summer versus driving and spending precious time finding parking, while also offering peace of mind that your bike is safe. Saskatoon is known for its one-of-a-kind volunteerism, which doesn’t stop at cycling!
The Bridge City Bicycle Co-op (BCBC) in Saskatoon is another incredible organization and change-maker. The BCBC is a volunteer-run, non-profit cooperative that offers a drop-in workspace, tools and supplies, and participatory bicycle maintenance education. Youth and adults of all ages can go and learn how to fix their own bicycles or build a bicycle using donated frames and parts. Thankfully my Schwinn Vantage F1 has not required any maintenance or repairs thus far, but I still plan to go check out the BCBC again soon and learn some more about how to maintain my own bike!
With the frequent (almost daily) riding this summer, I have received many compliments on my Schwinn Vantage F1. The cycling community in Saskatoon is strong and I am always happy to share information about my bike – and I even let others hold it! (Is this what it is like to walk around with a baby or a puppy and everyone wants to learn more about him/her and hold him/her, too?)
Even though the summer is coming to a close, I am excited that the pending increase in vehicular traffic will have almost no impact at all on my commute to work! I am very lucky to have quick access to the Meewasin Valley Trail which takes me all the way to work without having to ride on any streets. Once I am at work, I have access to a beautiful underground parkade with a separate bike lock-up cage, and also access to showers and such for those especially sweaty rides to work, or if I take a sweaty lunch-break ride around the river!
Under one of the many bridges in Saskatoon, a local artist is currently painting a stunning piece that I am lucky enough to cycle past each day. I plan to show off the brand new public art piece in one of my upcoming posts – stay tuned!
Until next time … #AllIDoIsSchwinnSchwinnSchwinnNoMatterWhat.
Jaris rides a Schwinn Vantage F1
My name is Jaris and I am so excited to be an Schwinn Ambassador. I am a Saulteaux First Nations man from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and a Lecturer in Pharmacy at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. In my professional world I am a pharmacist, an academic, and a leader in my profession. In my personal life, I am a cyclist, an advocate, a change-maker, and a brand new Spin Instructor at the Schwinn-infused Ryde YXE Cycle Studio in Saskatoon.
As a Schwinn Ambassador I plan to share my “ride” through my personal and professional journey with the online community – whether it be commuting, volunteering, or connecting with my family, friends, and community. I always strive to stay healthy – physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally – and cycling helps me achieve and maintain balance.
See more and follow Jaris on Instagram @jaris.swid