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Image for story Taking a moment in the bush

Taking a moment in the bush

When I drive I rarely take the time to enjoy the city I live in but with biking I an so easily stop, hop off and have a wee explore. Yesterday I decided to visit a piece of remnant bush in Christch... read more

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RIDE

I’m awakened by a whisper “RIDE” Untangling from my cocoon of bedding and fumbling through my closet; I find and pull on my jersey and shorts and push my feet into my shoes. Quietly staggering t... read more

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Moist

When it's bucketing down with rain and it looks less than inviting outside it's hard to get out of the door on the bike. But if you can manage that first bit and the first five minutes when you are... read more

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Loving it :-)

I commute most days to work and have been doing so my around 4 years, slowly building up the amount of days and slowly building up how many miles I do. Direct it is 11 miles each way but I often do... read more

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Pluie

Y a beaucoup plue

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Along the canal

I got a new job a few months ago. It means a different commute route. Every morning I now have the pleasure of part of the route being along the canal. The cygnets and ducklings are growing well an... read more

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Rejoicing in cycle lanes

I love whizzing past cars in traffic jams using cycle lanes. It always makes me feel happy to not be sitting in a hot car but instead feeling the breeze in my hair as I pass by!

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Image for story Turning the commute to an adventure!

Turning the commute to an adventure!

Cycling is a wonderful way to explore but we all get into a rut of the same route week-in, week-out. Live 'life to the max' and do something a little different. Last week I opted to forego my pock... read more

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How lucky am I?

Like many others I was stuck at home through lockdown and had become a bit sedentary when it came to exercise. Deciding enough was enough It was time to get back on my bike. I always use to commute... read more

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Freedom

I cycle to work when I can, it takes me about 25 minutes, a distance of 4 miles. Today I wanted to visit a colleague who has been off work due to illness. She lives in Bedford & parking is diff... read more

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Twice a day, five days a week

I've now been cycling to work for 9 years, Most people think I'm crazy, as I cycle in all weathers and all year. Come rain, snow, hale, wind and sometimes sunshine. It's all just fun. Slip sli... read more

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Take the frst step

Sold the car in late april, cycling to work since. Best may ever weather wise. Someone is trying to tell us something.

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Love to commute!

I love my commute, for me nothing beats getting up early to ride to work, 12miles of pedalling away waking me up ready for the day. I also ride to get fitter for my attempt of LEJOG before I’m 35! ... read more

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Commuting

Commuting to / from work daily a total of about 22miles - even when the weather is bad, always makes me feel as though I have achieved something. The worst bit is trying to keep my bike clean!! I s... read more

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Image for story Closed to cars but not to bikes!

Closed to cars but not to bikes!

My work commute started with a perfect weather morning, cruising down Falls Road while it’s closed off to cars, but bikes can get through. I stopped to admire the wildflowers along the Jones Falls.... read more

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Image for story The art of the working lunch!

The art of the working lunch!

I ride because bicycles give me freedom. I’m Ben, and I work for Trafford Council. I came into the Town Hall today, and for lunch I fancied a bit of a change. I grabbed my sandwiches, hopped on t... read more

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The Road is Safer

I'm biking form home (Monton) to Tameside hospital. I've gone various routes across Manchester....I've got to say the safest fastest route has been into MC town centre and up Hyde Road...however do... read more

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G7 in Cornwall

I work in Falmouth not far from the media centre at the National Maritime Museum. It is very busy with the holiday makers, the police and all the transportation that goes with it. I find it easier ... read more

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Owls, hares and Deer

I am a Bikeability Instructor inYork and I commute from my home 20 miles away by bike to deliver the training sessions to the pupils of York. My commute takes in back lanes and main roads as one o... read more

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Cargo bike

Having bought a cargo bike, it's enabled my commute via nursery to be a quicker and easier journey. I love the fact we can also do a food shop on the way home or pop to the park with bits ready for... read more

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Trialling a new route

I’m starting a course tomorrow. I thought I’d take my bicycle there. My usual commute is under four miles but this is between eight and ten depending on the route. I thought I’d try a road route th... read more

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Keep peddling

Hi there good morning, My name is Simon Millard and I'm fairly new to cycling. Started slowly and bulit it up I'm lucky enough to live in Salisbury so lots of nice routes to get to work each day... read more

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Image for story From motorbike to push bike

From motorbike to push bike

Been commuting by motorbike for a good 7 years. It was the easiest way to get to work and park for free. I started watching mountain bike videos on youtube, just because it looked fun. I didn't kno... read more

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Scenic Route

Took the long way to work to avoid all the hills and get this view as a reward!

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Shropsire to Birmingham Business Park

Fed up of my 55 mile commute from Shropshire to Birmingham Business Park, I looked in to getting an e-bike on the cycle to work scheme. It took a while to choose and I eventually found the biggest... read more

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Image for story Broken Bones

Broken Bones

Yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of a commute home that put me in hospital for 3 days with broken ribs collar bone and a broken shoulder socket. A white van driver turned across my path as I rod... read more

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I love riding

I pretty much ride everywhere, mountain bike dirt trails, riding to my family cabin on my road bike, taking my recycle to recycle place and to get grocery’s with my trailer. Gotta love being outsid... read more

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Route 5

Being part of the solution by biking to work using NCN route 5 through Stafford

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Cycling back to work

After being furloughed and then made redundant in 2020, I was determined to get a job closer to home (previously I had a 40 minute drive each way). I can now cycle to work in less than 10 minutes a... read more

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Summer ride to work

Having recently moved out in the countryside my cycle commute to work this morning involved going on the Transpenine Trail, coming across a rabbit, a little mouse, cows and sheep. Followed by urban... read more

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Image for story From overtaken to overtaking!

From overtaken to overtaking!

Any day that I can leave my car at home is a good one, but with a journey of 17 miles on the motorway, it took some thought and planning to commute by bike. I began by riding to the station and I t... read more

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Image for story Little and often on a folding bike

Little and often on a folding bike

I used to commute to work (a round trip of 12 miles) more or less every day Monday to Friday from 2014 to 2017. That year I was diagnosed with MS, and that, combined with a constant offer of a lift... read more

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Image for story 1000 miles since September

1000 miles since September

I purchased my electric bike in September 2020 and haven’t looked back. 1000 miles done, 300kg of carbon saved and I still love using a bike to get to and from work. Having the electric motor defin... read more

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Past the halfway point

I decided to set a challenge of riding 250 days in a calendar year and as we approach half way I have managed 130 (including some indoor riding after I broke my wrist on an icy January morning comm... read more

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Commute #womenwhoride

Biking to work each day (32miles round trip) was a lot when I started doing it. But the benefits are amazing. Not only have I saved money, and improved my fitness, it is also a shorter commute (1 h... read more

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Everyday life of a Commuter

I commute to work Mon-Fri every week and have seen a big change in people's lifestyles since COVID; there are more pedestrians and cyclists about which leads to less traffic. During the pandemic c... read more

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The commuter

I've always enjoyed cycling since been really young and and I've always cycle to work. Recently I cycled about 3 miles to work and back everyday and thought that was amazing and it was at the time.... read more

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Winding down after a day at work

My job is quite stressful and often I end the day with a long to-do list, lots of questions and some frustration. Jumping on the bike is a great opportunity to sort my head out, get some clarity an... read more

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Rain, rain, rain, but didn't get any wetter than driving.

I cycled my toddler to nursery in the pouring rain, but thanks to my waterproofs and the fact I could park right outside the door, I didn't get any wetter than if I'd driven and had to walk from wh... read more

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Just explore.

Until lockdown I did most of my cycling commuting to work. After lockdown I was working from home and used my bike more for exercise. I have found loads of local, and not so local, routes from my f... read more

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Image for story Breath of freash air

Breath of freash air

I have been riding my bike to work for nearly 20 years and every day it feels so refreshing and gives you a buzz. The winter months can be challenging but with the right clothing and attitude yo... read more

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Image for story The view on my route to work

The view on my route to work

I started riding to work when corona hits the UK. Its around 6 miles away and a bit shall i call it Hilly on my way to work (Harrow on the hill) but I love it when its home time because its shall I... read more

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Image for story So much easier in the Sunshine

So much easier in the Sunshine

I love riding my bike to work and do so all year round and in all weathers! it wakes the mind and gets the blood pumping ready for the day...but It is oh so much better when the sun is shining :)

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Just as good as a car or better

I find I can get to work and back home for lunch and end of day in the same time as a car! With the increase of traffic and road maintenance a bike can slip through it all. Choosing the country t... read more

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Not a 2-way street

Envy, always an issue for me, when I see people with typical work days and a set work place. Why? The ability to bike to work. Having worked hotel shifts of random hours and having to drop off and ... read more

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Love the ride

Back on the bike after coming off and fracturing my thumb, riding to work. Not that this would put me off from getting back on the iron horse. Love the ride to work, especially in the nice weathe... read more

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The start of a day

I get up and think,”Do I ride to work or not”. Well a few thinks come into my mind. First is it going to rain, second, where do I have to be today and those are just a few things that race through ... read more

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It's not as scary as it seems!

It took me a while to start cycling to work but once I did I gained confidence in cycling and love cycling home when the sun is shining! (Not so much fun in the rain!)

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Het leven van een fietsambassadeur (1)

‘Heeft iemand morgen de auto nodig?’ Meestal stel ik thuis de vraag terug: ‘heb jij hem wel nodig?’ Het antwoord was duidelijk: op en neer naar Rotterdam ging in dit geval echt beter met de auto. ... read more

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Image for story Bike route Shared path fun

Bike route Shared path fun

Just a usual ride along the bike lane/shared pathway from City Heights to the Kensington area. Avoiding broken glass, trash, human poo, being chased by dangerous dog, drunks, SUV's running stop sig... read more

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