My bicycle has been my favourite mode of transportation since I was a child growing up in London, Ontario. I remember saving up enough babysitting money to trade in my “kid” bike for a CCM Targa 10-speed. I loved that bike and it served me well. It took me work, school and play, and from London to Ottawa as a young staffer to Jack Burghardt, MP for London West. I still remember my first day In Ottawa getting on my bike and riding the Rideau Canal thinking “I'm going to love it here if I can ride like this.”
Now that I split my time between Oakville and Ottawa (as MP for Oakville North-Burlington), I have a bike in each city. Whenever possible, I ride to meetings or the office. There is ls something about the freedom that comes when cycling that I've enjoyed since I was a child. As an elected official, I've strived to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle and advocate for enhanced cycling infrastructure has always been a focus.
Why am I so committed to cycling? Aside from the sheer joy that riding on two wheels brings, it is good for our health, the environment and our economy.