CCWC Shout-Out: Self-Propeller Melanie Campbell
Another one of our current leaders for the Clean Commuting & Wellness Challenge, Melanie Campbell shares her tips for a clean and active commute.
Q. Where do you work? What’s your role?
I work at St. Paul’s Hospital in the Peritoneal Dialysis Outpatient Unit. I am a registered nurse and my role is a patient educator.
Q. Why did you decide to participate in the CCWC?
When I received the email for the challenge it seemed like a fun way to track my commute. Commuting by bicycle is a natural part of my daily routine anyway. It is also cool to see how many others are cycling and how far they ride every week. And, for obvious reasons to support “green care”!
Q. Tell us about your commute.
My commute starts in East Van and I travel along the BC Parkway Trail into Trout Lake. I ride downtown and across the Cambie Street Bridge and then make my way up Davie Street to the Hornby bike lane. Every day, it’s the same route. It feels pretty safe and you get used to how traffic behaves.
Q. Have you been commuting by bicycle for a while or is this new to you?
When my husband, baby and I moved to Vancouver six years ago we had a car. I was taking transit to work and knew there was a better way. We sold our car and purchased bikes and a child trailer. It has been five and a half years of cycling and commuting by bike. Most days I am eager to get on my bike and ride to work. It is an easy way to get exercise, fresh air, and time to yourself.
Q. Do you have any advice for other individuals participating in the challenge, or keen to try a clean/active commute?
Commuting by bike is easier than it seems. It can take less time than driving or transit. If you dress for the conditions you feel less vulnerable and are more comfortable. Set realistic goals for yourself. If you don’t like the rain, take transit on that day, otherwise ride!!
Kudos to Melanie for showing us all how clean commuting is done!