#dandySANTA: Peter Harte of Soulpepper

Peter Harte is Soulpepper's marketing and new media co-ordinator.

dandySANTA: Peter Harte of Soulpepper (Win tickets to see #TheConjuror)

Photo by Dylan Leeder 

Tweet: @Soulpepper @dandyhorse #dandySanta please give me tickets to #TheConjuror #magic" to win tickets to David Ben’s The Conjuror at Soulpepper’s new Family Festival!

dandyhorse: Why do you ride in winter?

I ride my bike to work, and basically everywhere in the winter because I guess I have anxiety about being late [or] not being able to control the time it takes me to get somewhere. I find the TTC in the winter is unreliable, crowded and stinky — that puts me in a bad mood. When I ride to work in the morning, it might start out cold, but that means I need to pick up the pace to warm up. I then get to work feeling like I've had an intense workout and I get to defrost with my first cup of coffee.

There’s something I love about putting on the layers and layers of clothing that I find transformative. Like winter armour.

Q: What bike lane(s) do you hope dandySANTA will bring for 2015?

I’d love for the bike lanes on Queens Quay to be finished and cleared of construction. I’ve ridden the Queen Quay/Lakeshore Boulevard detour from the west end to the east end for almost four years straight. (Seriously, I think I’ve ridden it five days a week every week [no] less maybe 20 times) and I’ve seen all of the various versions of makeshift sidewalks and road ways in that time. It’s so close to being done and I believe it will be very bike-friendly, but there’s always a coat of dust on the road that turns into a nice layer of muck when it gets wet.

Q: What bike gear do you hope dandySANTA puts in your stocking this year?

OH! I’d love a pair of gloves that can actually keep my hands warm! A leather and wool combo still doesn’t seem to cut it.

Q: What else do you hope dandySANTA delivers this year?

I pass a lot of homeless folks under the Gardiner on my ride to work, and it’s amazing how positive they can seem to be even on the coldest of days. At Rees Street and Lakeshore Boulevard, there are these huge balancing rock sculptures that are created by those who spend time there. It would be unbelievable and out-of-this-world if one day those rocks were turned into food and clothing for them, all piled high and balancing.

And for me? I’m riding in the 2015 Friends for Life Bike Rally ride from Toronto to Montreal to support HIV/AIDS and I’d love donations to help me reach my fundraising goal.

Q: What is your number one tip for winter cycling?

First, realizing that I can bike to work in 25 minutes with a smile on my face versus spending an hour on the TTC with my head down and hands clenched.

My tips for winter cycling is to always assume no one sees you (despite your lights and bell), and to never listen when people tell you you’re crazy. Crazy is good.

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Tell #dandySanta what #bikeTO lanes you want for Christmas to win a @Steamwhistle prize pack (Must be available to pick up at their brewery. Winners announced Dec. 22.)

Win tickets to The Conjuror @Soulpepper

Tweet: @dandyhorse #dandySanta please give me tickets to #TheConjuror #magic

(Soulpepper winners TBA on Dec. 24. Winning tickets must be picked up at the box office and are redeemable for either Jan. 1 or Jan. 2 shows.)

Related on the dandyBLOG:

dandySANTA Soulpepper and Steam Whistle giveaways - see our entire winter cyclist series here!

#dandySANTA: Kathleen Banville of Urbane Cyclist

#dandySANTA: Shawn Wu of Bikechain

#dandySANTA: Daniel Rotsztain of Charlie’s Freewheels

dandyhorse December newsletter

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