Cover Photo: Petersen in front of Bill Hogarth Secondary School (Photo by: Sheffield Wong)
“Build it and they will come” — that’s what Brayden Petersen, a student at Markham’s Bill Hogarth Secondary School, believes. You can’t refute this young cycling advocate’s observation that improved infrastructure inspires students to choose active transportation when he supports the claim with frequent Twitter posts showing full bike racks at his school.
“Our bike parking spots are right in front of the school. They’re bright, colourful, and rubberized. So, people really want to use the bike racks because they are not afraid of damaging their bikes or of having to park their bikes in a small corner of the school grounds. Today, for example, I got to school, the racks were already full and I counted some 150 bikes,” says Petersen.