#irideYEG – Brian Shuchuk

What is your commute like?

Between 30-60km daily – 60% MUP and 40% road.

What are some of your favourite things about Edmonton?

The parks along the entire River Valley. Oh, and our shiny talus dome balls. Seriously, I am a fan!

How long have you been cycling? What got you started?

I’ve been biking since I could walk. It’s all about freedom, exploring and adventure. More recently, in the last 10 years I started riding more often to work and for recreation to get rid of the “donair fat” that I “acquired” working in an office. This lead to riding for enjoyment and sport.

What do you like about biking in Edmonton?

The river valley makes it worth going on my bike every day!

What’s your favourite place to ride for fun?

I love following the MUP from Callingwood to the Strathcona Science Park.

What challenges do you face as a cyclist in Edmonton?

 Lack of infrastructure in areas where you would assume it should be safe as the environment is creative, experimental and open minded. Examples are Whyte Ave, 124 street and downtown core (104 St.) Car traffic is still the priority most of the time in these areas and lack of MUPs makes riding on sidewalks just as dangerous as road.

What would you like to see for bike infrastructure in Edmonton?

Multi use paths and separate bike lanes. Paint is not enough to make it safe and comfortable for new riders and unnecessary for people already riding on the road. How can the Netherlands have such a masterfully created system with such limited space? We have space, let’s use it.

How safe do you feel on your commute?

I feel safe with the exception of riding downtown which requires very defensive riding. It is surprising that we don’t have safe west to east bicycle options in the core. I am looking forward to future plans to help meet this challenge, hopefully much like Calgary has adopted in the last year.

Does your family bike?

Yes, my wife commutes sometimes and rides for recreation and shopping trips.

What are your thoughts on winter biking?

I ride year round! However, I also have a car and van which are used for work and pleasure when I’m not on bicycle or when I am required to do hauling. Riding in winter is challenging but incredibly rewarding in personal fitness. It’s not for everyone unless our lanes are separated from cars as there is not the respect given yet from most drivers.

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