Ellen is one of our featured winter commuters and avid winter cyclist.
Ellen is a teacher who lives in Calgary with her awesome family (which will grow by two very soon). Although Ellen grew up in Calgary, she spent most of her adult life living in Toronto, Vancouver, Fernie, and China, before moving back to Calgary 5 years ago.
She loves the feeling of empowered through her strength and endurance: Ellen has gone on numerous self-supported bike trips (including Vancouver to Tijuana and across the USA), and more recently she has completed two Ironman triathlons.
Ellen first owned a car when she was 34 years old – before that she relied fully on biking and public transportation to get around. After moving back to Calgary as an adult, Ellen first tried winter bike commuting and was pleased to discover how much fun it is!
Mike Scullen is one of the featured winter commuters.
After moving to Calgary seventeen years ago, Mike did not own a car. He survived getting around with transit but quickly realized that commuting by bicycle provided the most freedom and the least frustration.
Every year when the days became shorter he persisted with his bicycling habit a little longer into the winter. It wasn’t an instant revelation but he eventually became enthusiastically committed to this mode of transportation.
Over a decade of year-round bike commuting has presented him with some wintery challenges but the benefits far outweigh any inconvenience. Mike is proud of his whole family for their city utility cycling and enjoys chasing his kids around after a frosty ride threatening ice beard kisses. He currently enjoys a commute where he gets to check in with a family of muskrats and startles an occasional fox.
Scott Walton is one of the featured winter commuters. Scott is a born and raised Albertan and lived the first 12 years of his life near Edmonton, moving to Calgary in 1994. Second child to loving parents and a wonderful sister he was exposed to many outdoor activities as a child and was never afraid of the cold. Many winter days were spent digging “forts” in the snow piled up on the side of the driveway after shoveling. This of course isn’t as easy in Calgary as Chinooks tend to melt away a good amount of the snow.
Fa-Linn Woollings is one of the featured winter commuters.
Fa-Linn is a geologist, knitter and year-round cyclist. Bottom line: she’s too nerdy about rocks, yarn and great rides to just enjoy them sometimes.
She is an active member of Calgary’s cycling community and has appeared as a panelist on renter’s issues on CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener.