.However, when I moved to London I began to notice all the people cycling in the city and I wondered if I could do the same. I took the first step and made the decision to buy a bike. It only had 3 gears, with fenders and a basket in front of the helm- nothing extravagant but it does the work!
.When I started cycling, I only used my bike to run errands nearby. I must confess that I was very scared the first few times, the usual fears consisted of falling over or being injured by a passing car. It was a challenge but progressively I was gaining confidence and skills, and after completing an online cycling awareness courses, I’d built up enough confidence to begin cycling to work.
.Although at first I found it physically exhausting, with consistency I developed the necessary stamina to finish the route feeling full of energy. Since then, using my bike is my favorite way to commute. I do approximately 10 miles a week -some times a lot more- and I feel great!
.Some of the key things that most motivate me to continue cycling to work are:
- – It’s comforting to know that I save money on my commute.
- – I manage my time a lot better.
- – I keep physically active and feel healthier.
- – I am part of a collective that are contributing to reduce environmental pollution.
- – To top it off, our offices at The Hop Exchange have everything I need after my journey: a safe place to keep my bike, lockers for my belongings and changing rooms with showers!