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 Rebecca.
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 Rebecca to see how her commute has changed her life.
Where in the UK are you?
I am in Cambridge
What was your main motivation for getting a bike through Cyclescheme?
In 2009, as part of the University of Cambridge’s 800th anniversary celebrations, I was part of a relay team of cyclists who cycled from Oxford to Cambridge. I hadn’t cycled since I was a child, so was terrified! I really enjoyed it and decided that I wanted to get a bike to get back into cycling again.
What bike did you get and why?
I fell in love with a pink Pashley. I really loved the style of the bike and that Pashley bikes are made in the UK and to order. The basket is very handy for commuting, and for shopping!
How much did you spend with your Cyclescheme Certificate?
I spent £528 for the bike, basket, lights and lock.
How often do you commute to work by bike?
I cycle to work every day.
Where do you commute from and to?
I am so lucky to live in Cambridge because we have incredible infrastructure for bikes. I live on a new development and I am able to cycle from home to my work on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus easily.
How has cycling affected your daily life - do you feel healthier? Have you saved money?
Since getting my bike in 2010, I have felt much healthier. I try to use my bike for all my journeys I am doing, in all weather! I love to get up early and cycle to the gym, and complete a spin class! I am a cycling addict now! I recently completed the 60 mile London to Cambridge cycle ride – my bike certainly turned heads and many of the other participants commented on how much they loved my bike!