I’m happy to post another interview today from another new member of the Bike Union Board, Leehe Lev:
1. How did you first get into cycling?
I was five years old and all the boys my age in the neighbourhood had advanced from training wheels to two wheels. I saw how much faster they went and thought it looked fun. Early every morning, alone, I self taught myself to balance on two wheels. A week later, I was joining them experiencing freedom on two wheels.
2. What kinds of activities do you use your bike to get around to?
I go everywhere on my bike whether it’s work or pleasure. I take the ttc for longer distances.
3. You use your bike to do a lot of work for your Whole Self Fitness business … are there advantages/disadvantages to this?
Advantages: Most of my clients live a good walk from the subway, cycling makes it easier to get to their front door from my place. I’m also setting a example of how to stay fit while being good to the environment and saving some money to. I have inspired some clients to take up cycling as part of their exercise program.
Disadvantages: I don’t own a trailer bike so there’s a lot of equipment that I don’t bring for my mobile personal training business. I bring some weights, bands and other light equipment but I always recommend to clients to get a stability ball and equipment so they can continue their exercise program on their own as well. I am very creative with providing a total body workout with whatever I have to work with.
4. Why did you decide to join the Bike Union in the first place?
There was no contemplation required. When I met with Dave Meslin during the bike union’s pre-lauch planning stages, I was sold. I liked that it was geared to all cyclists, including occasional users and families, not only hard-core cyclists. My vision for the bike union was that it would appeal to the inner child in all of us, who remember the feeling of riding safely on two wheels for the first time.
5. You spent some time as the Bike Union’s Outreach Co-ordinator. What was the part of that job that surprised you the most?
I was surprised at how supportive and positive the media was towards the newcomer cycling campaign. Making it a win-win situation for all.
6. What made you put yourself up for election to the Union Executive Board?
Since the bike union launched I’ve been out at events promoting the organization. I’ve listened to many people’s ideas and complaints on Toronto’s street infrastructure. I’m very passionate about wellness, cycling encompasses fitness, a cleaner environment and community. The bike union fits with my values for creating healthy people and a healthy city. After two years of getting cyclists to become bike union members and seeing how far the organization has come, it was only logical to join the board.
The new Members of the Toronto Cyclists Union Board of Directors are: