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 Olivia.
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 Olivia to see how her commute has changed her life.
Where in the UK are you?
I live in Manchester
What was your main motivation for getting a bike through Cyclescheme?
To help lose weight and improve my fitness. It was something to help the success of my blog, where I share about my weightloss journey.
What bike did you get and why?
I got a Ridgeback road bike, because it was recommended by Edinburgh Bikes as it came fully fitted out with mudguards, reflectors, pannier racks.
How much did you spend with your Cyclescheme Certificate?
About £525, which included accessories; coat, helmet, puncture repair kit, lights, pump etc. I have since bought a new seat, further tools and oil, lubricants and cleaning equipment.
How often do you commute to work by bike?
Every day. When I got the bike, I consciously decided to give up my bus pass and use this as my mode of transport. It worked. I cycle absolutely everywhere.
Where do you commute from and to?
I cycle to and from work, around 2.5 miles; to see friends in Stockport - around 10-12 miles; to visit my mother - about 20 miles each way; to go to the gym (five days a week) at 3.5 miles. I commute around 50-60 miles a week.
How has cycling affected your daily life - do you feel healthier? Have you saved money?
Massively, I have lost two stone, I feel great, it is energising and liberating. Where I was limited by the enormity of commuting time on the bus, and their limited routes, I now commute in a fraction of the time and get out to a lot of new places I wouldn't have normally. I couldn't imagine not cycling.