Ever wondered how your commuting experience differs to others? We share the story of Franki, a Cyclescheme cycle commuter and ask her seven questions to sum up their experience from their two-wheeled commute.
We feature a 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.
We caught up with Frnaki to see how her commute has changed her life.
CS: Where in the UK are you?
CS: What was your main motivation for getting a bike through Cyclescheme?
I was riding around the city on my friend's borrowed mountain bike for ages. Every journey was unreasonably tiring, as the bike was too small for me. I was keen to invest in a decent bike and when I heard about the Cyclescheme it sounded like a very sensible option. The monthly payment I make towards my bike is no doubt less than I would have paid for public transport.
CS: What bike did you get and why?
I got a Voodoo Limba cyclocross. It's great for urban on-road commuting, as well as off-road adventuring (especially over weekends). I tend to do both, so it was a perfect fit.
CS: How much did you spend with your Cyclescheme Certificate?
CS: How often do you commute to work by bike?
I aim try to cycle to work around 4 times per a week.
CS: Where do you commute form and to?
I ride from Queen's Park to Putney Bridge and back, about 20km in total.
CS: How has cycling affected your daily life - do you feel healthier? Have you saved money?
Like many others, I sit behind a desk for 9 hours a day. I don't think this is particularly good for our bodies. This is where my daily cycle makes a HUGE difference. It's a great way to start and end the day, getting you to work, while also being a good workout. I also love being connected to the elements and the weather patterns when I cycle - you don't get this when commuting on the underground. The only down side is that my route to work can be a bit harrowing at times, as there are sections without dedicated cycling lanes. Nevertheless, I know that cycling to work is incredibly good for my physical and mental wellbeing.
Are you ready to revolutionise your commute?