I want to begin by saying hello to everyone and thank you for the warm welcomes I’ve gotten in the KW area. I am still fairly new to the area, only having moved here the summer before last; I feel Kitchener/Waterloo has so much in store for my future. My name is JJ, and I’m an even newer cyclist to the city.
I’ll start by giving you a small spiel about myself. I am a full-time bilingual IT Tech support specialist who works near Conestoga mall. I am 24 years old and going to marry the love of my life in under a year! I do photography on the side to appease a creative monster that keeps wanting to claw its way out (Facebook.com/JJLosier), and finally, I am working on finding ways to give back to a community that has already given me more than I can ask for – a place to call home.
I move around… a lot, in the past 6 years, I have moved 7 times. Most of these moves were around the London area, until my fiancé and I decided to make our move to Kitchener. Since we’ve been here, we’ve had so much positive in our lives that we can almost not imagine living anywhere else, one of the big things for me is my love for bicycling.
Bicycling in London is dangerous – trying to get from one end of the city to the other – there is no real infrastructure for it. There are few bicycle lanes available; most of their bike lanes consist of signs indicating that bicycles ride on this road, not a dedicated lane. When I moved here and started working out by Conestoga mall, I started thinking to myself “hey – my brother could do 25k a day cycling to and from work – I can surely do 20”. With this mindset, I started looking into bicycling. I started paying more attention to the roads I drove on. I was amazed to see how bicycle-friendly Kitchener Waterloo was. When I detailed my map, I learnt that 95% of my route was on a bicycle route and trail. I was even more amazed by this point, so I borrowed my brother’s bike and started biking. I fell in love with commuting again. Soon after, I purchased my baby and now we have traveled many kilometers together, on a good week – about 100 kilometers (I’m still amazed that I do this!!)
I ride a 2013 Giant Roam 2 (yes, a male bicycle) equipped with red light in the back, white light in the front, and a pretty swanky bell! All in all, I couldn’t ask for a better ride! Overall, I’d categorize myself as a casual rider, commuter and trail seeker. I do map all of my rides (as long as I remember!!) with STRAVA, I use it to challenge myself and to pat myself on the back when I see how far I’ve biked.
I look forward to sharing my experiences, opinions and ideas with all of you readers! Feel free to ask me any questions, I’ll do my best to answer.
Thank you for reading
– JJ Losier