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 Tracy: Cyclist

Tracy with her bike
"You feel ready to take on the day after a nice ride to work."
Tracy Hitchmough, Self-employed, Sew Creative

How long have you been doing this journey by bike?
I have been doing this route for 2.5 years. Prior to that I would just to ride all the way to work and back as it was only 5 miles each way.
How long is your journey?
When I get off the train it is about 4 miles riding to work. I can ride along the promenade, so I can look at the river as well and take in what is going on. It only takes 20 minutes.
Why did you decide to cycle?
I like getting the exercise, it’s a great way to keep fit and active as well as getting loads of fresh air. You get to see more as well when cycling. You feel ready to take on the day after a nice ride to work.
If I can just cycle down to the train station then I can jump on the train and it’s still quicker than going by car.

What are the best bits of your journey?
I notice people more and what is going on around me in more detail. I tend to look at the local buildings and landmarks.
When is your favourite time of year to cycle and why?
I like spring as its not too hot and everywhere looks beautiful starting to bloom. It also makes me think of many rides ahead through into autumn. I like cycling in winter as well but not less than zero.
Have you noticed any benefits to cycling?
Yes, my stamina increases incredibly, and it makes me want to do more.

What would you say to anyone who’s thinking of commuting by bike to encourage them to get started?
Just enjoy the sense of freedom you get from cycling.