“ 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. ”
I have always cycled to work. I grew up in Dallas and had to drive everywhere for many years or walk places, but everywhere was too far apart. When I moved to a place where I didn’t have to drive I took the opportunity to cycle places which was great as being in a car is boring! I currently live in Zone 1 in Tower Hamlets and I generally take my bike on the overground to work and then cycle home. It’s about 10 miles or 16 km one way and I like to track my ride using the Strava app. There are dedicated cycling quietways that I can use for most of the way, but I feel quite comfortable on bigger roads so I usually use them. Being on the road is quicker and there are fewer stops. It’s not hard to find a cycle route as London is full of segregated cycle lanes. Personally, I find it a really good stress release when I cycle home. It’s a time when I can’t look at my phone or emails, and is good for clearing my head at the end of the day.
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. It makes me feel part of the city.
“ I'm a strong advocate for cycling with a helmet and being safe on the road. ”
My tip for people who are thinking about cycling to work but haven’t tried it yet is to find a cycle buddy. There are organisations that can connect you to others who come to your house, help you find the right route to where you need to go and practice cycling on the road. You could also buddy up with a friend or colleague. Having a buddy helps you build confidence and you have someone to talk to on your way to work.
A lot of people aren’t that confident on bicycles but it’s a lot easier than most sports. It’s always worth giving it a go in a park or somewhere safe with friends.
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.