Meet the Bicycle Café Team

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Ben Cowie

Ben was born and raised in London, Ontario. He grew up in Byron riding his bike on pathways and parks. He left the city in 2002 to pursue a career in Earth and Planetary Sciences, earning a PhD in 2013, working with NASA on planetary exploration missions and at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow. Traveling was an important part of studying our planet, and during those travels, Ben developed an interest in the complexity of cities. He saw how the inclusion of bicycles on public streets can revitalize business districts, save individuals and governments lots of money, and empower people in need of reliable, economical transportation. Living in Hamilton, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Boston, and Berlin, he has seen first-hand how bicycles transform each and every city where protected bike infrastructure has been installed. He returned to London in 2017 and opened London Bicycle Café to give people the tools to get around the city comfortably by bike, and to share his knowledge of urban cycling with his hometown. He holds a professional bicycle mechanic certificate from the Winterborne Institute in Guelph. 

 

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Giancarlo Martini

Giancarlo has been excited about bicycles since he was 12 years old when he received his first first mountain bike from his dad. Since then, his excitement has grown to a passion, and he has honed his expertise in bicycle repair. Giancarlo started repairing his own bicycles because he was intrigued by how things worked, and as a teenager he progressed to running his own home repair shop from his parents' garage. He is currently an engineering student at the University of Guelph, where he is heavily involved in their bike co-operative, and recently completed his professional bicycle mechanic certification from the Winterborne Bicycle Institute at Conestoga College. Giancarlo hails from Vaughan, and calls Southern Ontario home. 

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