Donald Wiedman has been exploring the countryside of St. Francois, in eastern Laval, Quebec since the 1970s. He continues to explore today around Toronto, Canada – mapping and describing 20+ Greater Golden Horseshoe recreational cycling routes via his popular website BikesandTransit.com.
In his travels he has visited the Roskilde Viking Museum outside Copenhagen. Cycled the west coast of Denmark, Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, and the west coast of Newfoundland to L’Anse aux Meadows. He has also explored the Ottawa River, cycling up the Quebec side, and down the Ontario side.
A CYCLIST’S PERSPECTIVE OF VINLAND
Cycling, the city or the countryside, offers a person a ‘real’ physical interaction with the geography of the surrounding natural and built landscapes, versus the ‘shut off’ experience of those who only travel at high speeds by car, truck, bus or train. Cycling, and mapping, waterfronts and riversides also allows a cyclist to see and feel the changes in the shoreline, much like the Norse would have seen it, and mapped it, from their ships and row boats just a dozen metres offshore.
Donald is a published in-print and online writer, an award-winning Toronto cycling promoter and advocate, and a career strategic communications consultant and manager for not-for-profit organizations.
College – D.E.C., Social Sciences, CEGEP Vanier, St. Laurent, Quebec.
University – BA, Communications, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
Contact: donald .gobybike.wiedman @gmail .com
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