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Michael of Enfield Council's Story

Michael of Enfield Council

“ Commuting to work by bike means that you could literally be cycling to the worst job on the planet, but still have a nice time getting there. It’s a simple pleasure. ”

I have been commuting by bike for seven years since I was at university in Manchester, so the whole time I’ve been in London! I live in Hackney Central which is about a 15km ride to Enfield. I usually leave around 8.20am and ride on a mix of main roads and quiet, wide streets. The main roads aren’t nice to cycle on – there’s a lot of trucks and lorries, and pollution from all the motor traffic. Part of my commute is on Cycle Superhighway 1 and I also go past a couple of parks which is much nicer. Cycling to Enfield is the longest commute I’ve had to make so far so I always need a shower when I get in to work. Commuting to work by bike means that you could literally be cycling to the worst job on the planet, but still have a nice time getting there. It’s a simple pleasure.

“ What I enjoy about cycling is that I’m going fast enough to get somewhere on time, but slow enough to see people and sights, smell restaurants I go past, and hear conversations. ”

Read Sarah of Enfield Council's story

I like that cycling to work means I am exercising for free, and it is time spent away from my phone. I rarely get the train or the tube and cycle most places including shops and to friends’ houses. Wet weather doesn’t bother me, I’ll cycle in any condition and at any time of the day!

My tip for anyone just getting started is to find a quiet route first and give yourself double the time it would usually take in case you get lost. It’s fine once you get started!

This story is part of our Cycle to Work Day 2019 Story Series featuring Enfield Council staff who commute to work by cycling. Cycle to Work Day is held this year on August 8.