It's not often we get to hear, first-hand, how cycling to work can make a difference to your lifestyle. We all know that it's good for you and that it's environmentally responsible, but it’s always encouraging to hear a personal account from someone who has made the change from four wheels to two.
Each month we'll be featuring one Cyclescheme participant and hearing their story. We’ll 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're scouring the country for the real cycle commuters who take to their bike each morning. We want to share the inspiring and, sometimes funny, stories that people have. 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 Warwick from Surrey to see how his commute has changed his life.
CS: Where in the UK are you?
Warwick: Surbiton in Surrey
CS: What was your main motivation for getting a bike through Cyclescheme?
Warwick: I work for BNY Mellon and when I heard they participated in the Cyclescheme it was an easy decision to buy another bike for commuting. Multi purpose benefits including getting fit, avoid commuting on crowded rush hour trains and saving a few quid. Also it is green!
CS: What bike did you get and why?
Warwick: Specialised Langster (single speed). I generally ride a fairly flattish route and like the simplicity and lower maintenance of a single speed.
CS: How much did you spend with your Cyclescheme certificate?
CS: How often do you commute to work by bike?
Warwick: 3 to 4 days a week.
CS: Where do you commute from and to?
Warwick: Surbiton to London (Blackfriars). About 15 miles each way on a fairly flattish route. Varied route which can take in Richmond Park spotting the deer at sunrise, Cycle Super Highways from Wandsworth or Clapham. Journey time is approx 1 hr each way which is the same time door to door if I get the train. I like to vary my route every so often but generally keep to the cycle lanes and through parks.
CS: How has cycling affected your daily life - do you feel healthier? Have you saved money?
Warwick: Definitely healthier as on track to loose 1 stone over 2 years. This will help my hill climbing in summer sportives. I find it refreshing and a good way to start the day having already cycled 15 miles and allows me to wind down en route home after sitting at a desk most of the day. I save about £180 per month but usually treat myself to some new bike kit every couple of months.
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