Ever wondered how your commuting experience differs to others? Each month we share the story of a real Cyclescheme cycle commuter and ask them seven questions to sum up their experience from their two-wheeled commute. This month, it's Anna.
Each month we feature one Cyclescheme participant and share their commuting story. We ask the same seven questions (hence the name, The Cyclescheme Seven) in a bid to build up a picture of cycle commuters across the UK. From John O'Groats to Lands End we scour the country for the real cycle commuters who take to their bike each morning. If you'd like to feature on our website, just drop us a line on: firstname.lastname@example.org with "I'm in' in the subject line.
This month we caught up with Anna to see how her commute has changed her life.
CS: Where in the UK are you?
Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland.
CS: What was your main motivation for getting a bike through Cyclescheme?
I used to cycle a lot in my 20s, and now I am in my 50s and used cyclescheme to buy a bike which I hoped would enthuse me to take up more regular cycling.
CS: What bike did you get and why?
Initially I bought a genesis croix de fer cyclo cross bike which I used for commuting. I then became interested in doing touring and this bike served me well on several Scottish islands holidays. I then progressed to buying a cannondale carbon road bike, as by this time I realised that most of my cycling was undertaken doing day rides. Both bikes are used regularly and have been a great investment both financially and for my health and enjoyment.
CS: How much did you spend with your Cyclescheme Certificate?
I spent the £1,000 maximum limit both times as this enabled me to get an excellent bike plus accessories.
CS: How often do you commute to work by bike?
On average, 3 days per week between March and October, and weather dependant over the winter months.
CS: Where do you commute from and to?
I cycle along the beautiful river tay, from Broughty Ferry to Dundee. 10 miles return journey, along a traffic free cycle path which uplifts and inspires me on the way to work and helps me wind down on the way home. An added bonus, is getting to witness the daily progress of the iconic V and A build which I pass daily.
CS: How has cycling affected your daily life - do you feel healthier? Have you saved money?
Surprisingly, I have saved money and now rarely use my car during week days, and, my mood and general health are improved when I cycle. My energy levels are higher and I have now progressed to longer day cycles and regular cycling holidays.