Erika Bullock earned a degree in accounting before changing course and deciding to study landscape architecture. She completed her Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Guelph and moved to Kelowna shortly thereafter. As a student, Erika used her bike to get around, and noticed a distinct lack of bikeability over the winter months in all of the cities she lived in. For her Master’s thesis, she researched and developed eight winter bikeability criteria to help improve bicycle network design and increase winter cycling rates. Erika traveled to four case study cities known for their cycling infrastructure and high winter cycling rates – Minneapolis, Montreal, Copenhagen, and Oulu – to observe the best practices used in each city.
Since joining BENCH in August 2017, Erika has been able to apply her winter cycling network expertise to the City of Kelowna’s Ethel Street Active Transportation Corridor, and has also been involved in several park and trails master planning projects, including the Revelstoke Mountain Bike Trail Plan for Recreation Sites and Trails BC, and the a community signage and trails master plan for the Lakestone development, located in Lake Country.