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.
This month we caught up with Guy to see how his commute has changed his life.
CS: Where in the UK are you?
CS: What was your main motivation for getting a bike through Cyclescheme?
I commute all year round and the route I take is mainly off road, so needed a bike that would cope well with rough terrain and bad weather. The bike I wanted was a full suspension mountain bike, which cost more than a standard commuter bike. The Cyclescheme allowed me to buy the bike without the need to save up and it also saved me money in the process.
CS: What bike did you get and why?
The bike I bought is a BTwin RockRider700 from Decathlon.
CS: How much did you spend with your Cyclescheme Certificate?
I spent around £700 on the bike and £50 on accessories (shoes, lights etc).
CS: How often do you commute to work by bike?
I commute Monday to Friday every week. On a Friday I ride with my daughter who is 5 years old to her school to drop her off and then commute to work. This works really great and means I don’t get stuck behind the bin lorry (narrow streets). It also gives my daughter good experience.
CS: Where do you commute form and to?
I commute from my home in Long Eaton to a business park in Ilkeston, it’s about a 10 mile round trip. When the weather is nice I find alternative longer routes to get my annual mileage up and to improve my fitness.
CS: How has cycling affected your daily life - do you feel healthier? Have you saved money?
Cycling wakes me up in the morning and gets me ready to face the day ahead. I find driving to work can be very stressful at times, especially in rush hour traffic, so having to only negotiate the odd swan down the canal tow path is great! I generally use my car about once a week now, so I’m saving about £500 a year in fuel costs.
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