Ben Cowie (he/him) - Founder, President
Ben was born and raised in London, Ontario. He grew up in Byron riding his bike on pathways and parks, enjoying the fresh air and exercise a bike provides. He studied Earth Sciences at McMaster University, and earned a PhD from the University of Calgary in 2013. He has worked with NASA on planetary exploration missions, and spent two years at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow. Traveling is an important part of studying our planet, and in parallel with his field studies, 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 now lives in Victoria BC with his partner and two kids, where he supports the LBC team remotely doing the accounting and paperwork that helps keep the wheels turning.
Listen to CBC’s “The Sunday Edition” piece about Ben’s transition from academia to bikes.
Read Ben’s story “From Brompton to Bike Store”
What’s Ben riding?
Larry vs Harry E-Bullitt (with our shop dog, Hector)
Tern GSD R14 (with his daughter, Rosie)
Urban Arrow Family (with his son, Gus)
Born: 344.79 ppm CO2 | PhD: 393.45 ppm CO2 |
Founded: @LdnOntBikeCafe at 408.84 ppm CO2 |
2021: 419+ ppm CO2 | We’re in a Climate Emergency |