Introducing Bursary Recipients


Meet Winter Cycling Congress student bursary recipients

Two University of Alberta students attended the three-day international event in Calgary from February 6-8, 2019, with the help of funding from Paths for People.

Each day they shared the stand-out moments:



Mary Bachynsky

Mary is a third year civil engineering student at the University of Alberta and an enthusiastic bike commuter. During her time an the U of A, she has volunteered with the SustainSU Bike Library and worked on a research project about cyclist route choice in Edmonton. She recently completed a co-op term with the City of Edmonton where she worked on the implementation of the City’s Sustainable Building Policy.

When not studying, she can be found reading, trying out new recipes, and exploring Edmonton’s beautiful river valley.


Laura Cabral

Born and raised in Quebec, Laura completed a bachelor of environmental studies at the Université de Sherbrooke. She moved to Edmonton in 2017 and started her master’s in transportation engineering at the University of Alberta. She is currently working towards her thesis which examines the impact of the new protected bike lanes on low-stress network connectivity and ridership as well as cyclist comfort on different types of cycling facilities.

Since moving to Edmonton, Laura has become a year-round commuter cyclist. She is the current president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers University of Alberta Student Chapter.



Winter Cycling Congress (WCC)
An annual gathering of experts from across the globe coming together to discuss opportunities for cycling in cold climate cities – sharing best practices for building and maintaining year-round cycling infrastructure, discussing education and strategies.