Mike began cycling year-round in Waterloo Region over a decade ago. Since then, he’s advocated for better walking, cycling, and transit with TriTAG, taken a handful of bike touring trips, was part of and later chaired the Kitchener Cycling and Trails Advisory Committee, co-founded Smart Growth Waterloo Region, and started hauling his kids around on a double trail-a-bike. They want more bike rides.
Mike on Twitter: @mikeboos
Maria’s passion for time outdoors and physical activity has led her to cycle in rain, snow, and sunshine. She speaks enthusiastically to friends and colleagues on the many joys of active transportation. Her vision for a future is a community with many fewer cars, and a lot more opportunity for human connection and green space. In her day job, Maria is a project manager for a digital marketing agency. She works happily from home and uses her bicycle to get to exercise, appointments, and other life commitments.
Leslie’s cycling confidence is growing almost in lockstep with the infrastructure improvements across the region. Cycling really became more feasible for her when she finally invested in a right-sized bike in 2019, and she began to cycle to work. This wasn’t easy, given that her workplace is on an industrial bypass road divided from her home by difficult highway on- and off-ramps. Her growing cycling experience definitely enhances Leslie’s professional work as a School Travel Planner, where she aims to remove barriers to active school travel and to make cycling, walking, scootering and any human-powered travel an easier choice for families.
Josh is a commuter and recreational cyclist. Inspired by visiting Japan, where bicycles are widely used, he began commuting at home in Waterloo Region. This experience revealed how challenging it can be to bike places and the need to build safe, convenient infrastructure that gives people the option to travel by bike.
Josh on Twitter: @josh_orita
Emily Slofstra has been an urban commuter cyclist for over 10 years, and has fond memories of her five months living and biking in Amsterdam on academic exchange. Now that her kids are cycling independently, Emily is even more aware of the need for protected, separate infrastructure. Emily is a Registered Nurse who would prefer not to see any more cycling-related injuries, and as the Chair of CycleWR she spends her spare time advocating for better infrastructure throughout Waterloo Region.
Emily on Twitter: @emilyslofstra
Tom took up cycling again in 2016 after a 40 year hiatus. He is very
much an “Interested but Concerned” cyclist, and is a passionate
advocate for cycling facilities that are fully separated from car traffic.
He is a retired actuary, and a member of the Transportation
Subcommittee of ClimateActionWR. He was awarded the Wheels of
Change award in 2022 from the Share the Road coalition for his work
on a ClimateActionWR team that evaluated the Cambridge cycling
network plan with an equity lens, and developed a priority ranking
model for potential new cycling facilities.
David has been cycling for years but developed a passion for it in the last few years. He uses his bike to get where he needs to go in all four seasons and wants more people to feel safe on the roads. He is on the Transportation Sector Committee of ClimateActionWR. David uses his years of experience as a technology executive to mentor startups in the region and loves to see people following their passions and fulfilling their potential.
David on Twitter: @DavidTrueman