I have enjoyed cycling ever since I was a child. Coming from Cornwall it was just as easy to get around on a bike as any other mode of transport.
I began to use my bike for my commute to work while based in a large hospital in the south of England, because, finding a parking space when I got to work generated so much stress before I started my shift. When I changed my job to work in the community it seemed to be a natural transition to use my bike for my visits. There were so many benefits, not getting stuck in traffic on my travels being able to leave my bike right outside the clients’ houses most of the time. It was often quicker for me to cycle than to drive!
For me, it makes economic sense, low cost travel which is kinder to the environment. I also found that while I cycled around, I would see clients out and about. Getting the chance to stop and have a wee blether with them; I felt much more part of the community. Exploring my local surroundings was a great advantage; I got to know where the local parks, community groups and libraries were and was, therefore, able to point families in the right direction of nearby services.
Cycling makes a big difference to your health; these benefits are both physical and psychological. Cycling is a low impact exercise that can burn calories and is an easy way to meet the government guidelines of 150 minutes of exercise a week. Cycling also reduces your risk of coronary heart disease. For me being on my bike gives me time to slow down, reflect and destress. I have a tendency to explore and like to find scenic routes home. I enjoy the countryside; it helps to clear my mind before the next challenge.