I am from Toronto, Ontario and am currently a PhD student at the University of British Columbia in the School of Community and Regional Planning in Vancouver, BC. I completed my BA Honours in Recreation and Business from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, mainly focused on sport business and small entrepreneurial fitness companies. While studying, I worked for various companies in Canada, Switzerland and Australia. Once I started living in other cities, I picked up cycling as my main mode of transportation. Although the majority of cycling in large cities was great, some of the streets and cultures surrounding transportation reminded me of the dangerous suburban roads of my childhood. Feeling marginalized for my attempt at mobility. In contrast to the suburban streets of Toronto, the main thoroughfares and arterial roads of cycle-friendly cities seemed like the heartbeat and veins of the city, in proper working fashion. Not clogged, and overall enjoyable places to be. My goal is to enable those who choose a bike for transport, to be able to have as much enjoyment as possible. It's a leisure activity too! Hoping to make cities a more vibrant place to live, work and play, one project, talk, conversation and degree at a time! I decided to complete my Master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. My master’s thesis titled “Whose Lane is it Anyway? The Experience of Cycling in a Mid-sized City” exposed how “bicycle-friendly” infrastructure disadvantaged urban cyclists and further privileged car culture.
My current research interests are in the political economy in relation to city cycling, gentrification, cycling advocacy, process and the outcomes achieved. My work focuses on equity in city cycling.
I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, where I am a passionate cyclist, coffee lover, pasta maker, amateur musician and proud dog owner.