Can we make Toronto the safest city for cyclists? Bonny thinks so.
Oh hi there - I’m Bonny, pleasure to e-meet you! I’m a proud part of the Onlia team, working primarily in Customer Engagement and Marketing. Coming from the Netherlands originally, I’m also an avid cyclist and love to ride my bicycle to and from work most days. Besides, cycling has been a fantastic way to get to know the cool city of Toronto. Those lakeside views really are amazing. But enough about me!
I’m so glad to see that you’ve made it to our little corner of the world wide web. If you’re here, you may have also read about our Onlia Safety Wall of Shame and Scrum Safety Goals. Both of these Onlia projects are near and dear to my heart. I’m passionate about contributing to the community and helping create a safer world for all, and I truly believe in Onlia’s mission to together, create a Safer Canada. I’m confident that I can be part of making that change happen, especially when it comes to safe cycling.
As you can likely imagine, cycling in Toronto is a little bit different than in the Netherlands. At times, I’m not sure how to safely cross an intersection, or what to do when I encounter bike lane obstructions, and sometimes it can be a bit scary cycling near traffic – you’ll see drivers on their phones, or not paying attention – and don’t even get me started on parking in bike lanes! Or the fact that since I’m here in Canada I’ve learned this expression of ‘being doored’, luckily haven’t experienced it myself yet. While it’s an unpredictable world out there, when we went through the Onlia Safety Wall of Shame exercise, I realized that I also have a few bad cycling habits myself.
Over the years, I’ve become a bit too comfortable in my cycling habits, and my Wall of Shame confessions will attest to that. I am guilty of running yellow lights, not wearing a helmet, and even cycling in high heels (Hey, if you’re going to do something, do it in style!). It wasn’t until my colleagues commented about it, that I realized that cycling in heels might not be the safest… Clearly there is some work to be done on both sides of the road.
When we were challenged to turn our Safety Wall of Shame to a Safety Wall of Fame I knew exactly what my scrum safety goal would be: My dream is for Toronto to be the safest city for cyclists. This is the beginning of my story for how I’m going to make it happen.
Stay tuned for more adventures of cycling in heels, and until next time, safe cycling!