Founder of suzie cycles
For the past ten years I resided in Vancouver, Canada - located on the traditional, ancestral and currently occupied territory of the Squamish, Stó:lō, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations. I now live at home in Wexford, Ireland.
7 years ago I started commuting to work to save money on transport costs. Little did I know when I bought my first little commuter bike (Margaret) it would change my life. Being on a bicycle gave me a sense of joy, calm and accomplishment.
In the Summer of 2018, I was feeling the effects of burn so I decided to take Margaret and cycle 7,500 km's across Canada.
On this journey I depended on other people to fix everything from a flat tyre to adjusting gears. I started to wonder why had I never felt motivated to learn how to fix my bike myself?
from burn out to bike mechanic
For me, it was two reasons
I had often felt intimated in bike spaces not understanding the technical bike terms being used.
as a self identifying woman I didn't feel represented in cycling spaces.
By the time I got to Newfoundland (on the territory of the Miq'maq and Beothuk peoples) I was determined to make a change.
I started working in a bike shop, went back to school and became a certified bike mechanic
A space to
learn the skills and build the confidence to make biking better for folks
A place that
fosters an inclusive cycling community and centers belongng for gals, gays and theys, and pushes back against structural inequalities
suzie cycles values
Lived experience is honored and celebrated. Everyone has something to learn and something to teach.
Having fun is central to the learning process and encouraged!
This space fosters an inclusive cycling community and centers belonging for gals, gays and theys and pushes back against structural inequalities
Learning practical, tangible skills enhances the experience of being on a bicycle.
Folks feel safer, more self reliant and empowered
Suzie Cycles uses a strengths based approach supporting learners to have confidence in their abilities and to bring their whole selves to the learning journey