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UA92 Manchester

Decided to grab my Bike, get myself into Trafford and use it to get to work.... Circa 15 miles each way with Panniers including my Laptop and clothing. All went well - comfy and great weather t... read more

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Old bike, new route

I'm going to teach a colleague to ride at lunchtime, so got my 15year old mountain bike out, cleaned and oiled it and rode to work on it. it's a heavy dependable bike but, being quite a bit slower,... 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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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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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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Save the Planet!

I started cycle commuting in 1984, at the age of 22. I was fed up of waiting in the cold for a bus, and a friend offered to lend me her bike whilst she wasn't using it. I had the luxury of five gea... read more

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Whale of a time

Having not rode a bike in years I bought a bike and cycled to and from work. Found it in Invigorating, fresh, although a little tiring. Will continue to ride, ride, ride.

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Informe informe they've all got it in for me!

I'm having a week and I'm having a moan and I'm feeling soooo sorry for myself and a little nervous... Monday lovely ride to work. Tuesday took out by the tram lines! Road cleaning truck in front... read more

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Cycle-wear for commuters

Summer Commute Cycling - Bike; Sunglasses; Shorts & T-shirt. Winter Commute Cycling - Bike; Lights; Extra Lights; Extra - Extra lights; Hi-Vis Jacket; Hi-Vis Gloves, Trousers, Shoes, Socks, Sc... 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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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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Image for story Fabulous views, free commute and free exercise

Fabulous views, free commute and free exercise

Every day I cycle along Newcastle / Gateshead Quayside to and from work. The views are great, including: Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge (1849) - the world's first double decker bridge (tra... read more

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Cycling again!

I like to cycle and in the past I used to cycle a lot. After the knee surgery I was unable to cycle all the way to my workplace and than cycle to carry out inspections around Manchester. Cycle Se... read more

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LOL commute? LOTS of commutes

It's SUnday. Sometimes that's just 2.3 miles to church, then 2.7 miles for the bagels to my friend's house trip back. Today.... it was "oops!!! Where is my purse? Let's go back to my friend's ... read more

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Image for story Another december morning

Another december morning

Zip ties are amazing! That's what got the "tree" suspended there -- not sure what the other ones have been for, but they're everywhere. Look close on the cart for the "Sheldon Brown has a Poss... read more

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2 near misses in 2 mins

I have to share this to the interweb as a sort of therapy... Hello, my names Tim and I'm a bicycle addict.... I survived two near misses last night on my commute home. Both times I reckon it is ... read more

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I Love My Bike Commute!

I started working at Emory in November of 2021. I've been a bike commuter the whole time. I live just 3 miles away, so it's really a no brainer. I started with my 1976 Schwinn Super Le Tour, tha... read more

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Image for story 2022 Ride to work day 🚲

2022 Ride to work day 🚲

Beautiful sunny day here in Mount Gambier, South Australia, for my commute to the office.

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Why Bike to Work.

Many people have asked me why I choose to cycle to work when I can drive by car. I say because it saves me time. Usually this creates a confused look and they ask, how? Well, I say, if I drive by c... read more

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Attacked

Las night I was commuting from work along the river lea canal in East London when some one push me from behind ending on the floor and my bike was taken please be aware if this area

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Image for story Buying a free folding bike for my commute

Buying a free folding bike for my commute

A new job in the central city meant having to think about commuting. I drove for a couple of weeks, while settling in, and used a Kiwi parking share app to avoid making the carpark barons richer. ... read more

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too short!

My commute is only 1.9 miles, it takes 10 minutes or 8.5 if I am running late. It is enough to lift my mood and make me happy by the time I get to work but I definitely take longer getting ready be... read more

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Keeping track of Peter Rabbit

I recently changed jobs and had to figure out a new bike commute route. For the first time in decades, I was not riding North/South, instead heading directly into the sun East/West every day. Headi... read more

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Oh the cool things you see

Oh the cool things you see when out on your bike one day I did see some very interesting thigs on my commute to work things that I may not have seen had I not ridden my bike to work let alone you d... read more

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Image for story Bike - Train - Bike

Bike - Train - Bike

My commute is 32 miles and I can't justify that amount of time in the day on my bike after the school run. But by taking my bike on the train I can tick off my exercise, sustainability and make it... read more

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Positives on riding to work

During the first pandemic lock down in 2020 I took the advice of 1 hour of exercise. So each day I was on furlough (10 weeks) I spent 1 hour a day cycling and on alternate days 1 hour walking the d... read more

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Returning to the saddle

I was a cyclist for years but slowly got away from it. The current gas situation definitely opened my eyes to the opportunity I have to ride again as part of commuting to work. I have been riding a... read more

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Ochtendrit

Mijn ochtendrit naar kantoor

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Sous la pluie

Même quand il pleut, la ride de vélo est extraordinaire! Au printemps, le petit vert des feuilles ressort de la grisaille. Les oiseaux sont actifs, les odeurs terreuses. Il n’y a pas de mauvai... read more

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Image for story Would be higher but Covid

Would be higher but Covid

Just noticed I have passed 3000 miles but Covid has put a dent in it as I use it for work. 😁

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Image for story Featured in the Commute Seattle Campaign

Featured in the Commute Seattle Campaign

Meet Jessica Levine, a middle school science teacher who commutes by bike from the Central District to Ravenna. Jessica's commute story ties her love for experiencing the city to her passion for pr... read more

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Image for story Old bike to work

Old bike to work

Since it was a nice day decided to take my first bike I bought 38 years ago for a run into work 😁 modified a bit but don't have safe roads to open up on 😭 lovely ride in hardly any people or best o... read more

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The Bike Life Set Up

I recently had the opportunity to change departments at work. The new role is just 9 miles from home, and the office has heated employee parking, and a shower. These perks all added value for me to... read more

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Its (not) a motorway

I was punishment passed by a lady on Roscommon Road, Wiri, yesterday. Helpfully, she then pulled into the gas station so I could ask her why. Amongst other excuses, she insisted that Roscommon Ro... read more

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Image for story Lekker je hoofd 'leeg' fietsen.

Lekker je hoofd "leeg" fietsen.

Sinds 2018 gebruik ik de fiets om naar het werk te gaan, dat is gemiddeld 30 km per dag. Ik had nooit gedacht dat ik het zo leuk zou vinden. In tijd ben ik 2 x 20 minuten minuten extra kwijt, maa... read more

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Ebike ready to roll 🚲⚡

I have just fitted this ebike conversion kit back onto my bike and its ready to go again. It is really fantastic for commuting, it blasts through the head winds and tackles the hills with ease! The... read more

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Image for story Back on the bike to work

Back on the bike to work

I used to be an avid bike rider - long rides every weekend, rides to the pub, rides to work. Since having a kiddo, the cycling has fallen by the wayside. And then today, I got back on the bike an... read more

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Paying it forward and helping out a stranger

A few months ago someone I hardly know learned that I like bicycles and gave me a box of tubes they had no use for. I didn't have any bikes in that particular size, but accepted because I figured I... read more

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Bike Vs bus

Bike 10 Bus 0. In September I have now done 10 commutes , and not once has the bus I would take if I wasn't cycling passed me! Quicker, cheaper, better for the planet, better for my health.

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Time saver

I cycled to work yesterday after dropping the kids off at school (pushing my bike) and realised that I arrived at work way earlier than if I got the bus. Happy days.

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Dodging a magpie

Each year as we get closer to Spring I begin to keep a lookout for a particular magpie along a particular stretch of my commute. I couldn't possibly count the number of magpies that I get along wit... read more

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Getting out and about

Years ago before I could drive, I would bike it everywhere. It was more convenient than public transport and it maintained my fitness. Then I learned to drive and stopped biking as much. I did othe... read more

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Image for story #cycletoworkday2022

#cycletoworkday2022

After a year of cycling to work and almost 3000 miles later, 1644lbs of CO2 saved. Here's to another year!

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It's a community

So I'm cruisin' down main street and ... oh, that guy is trying to turn some weird plastic that looks like the fake spider web stuff for hallowe'en into something that will secure that huge toi... read more

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Image for story Great view on my ride home!

Great view on my ride home!

Commuting to work on my bike lets me stop and enjoy this great view twice a day!

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Image for story Rolling with the birds

Rolling with the birds

On weekends, I make the 22 mile commute from my home in Elk Rapids to the bike shop in Traverse City, MI. This past Sunday, as I rolled down the quiet farm roads in Williamsburg, a common yet uniqu... read more

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My bike made me realize…

I went to 2 meetings and the gym by bike and realized the commute for all 3 events combined was a little over a mile from my house and a total of 10 minutes. Faster than walking, no looking for par... read more

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Always Something New to See

Yesterday I dropped my car off to be serviced and got to ride to work from a different direction. I found myself on a street in Redding that I had never been on, in my all of my 23 of living here.... read more

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Better than a Sunday

Bank holiday ride into work brillant, people and cars very few. Great to be able to hear bird song, just missed the rain. Enjoy your bike ride today were ever you are.

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Image for story YES IT IS ABOUT THE BIKE!!! (it couldn't be ME)

YES IT IS ABOUT THE BIKE!!! (it couldn't be ME)

Finished, done, no more, screw this…. I quit! Tired, disgusted, done. Happened this morning. Wasn’t feeling good and riding the struggle bus. SO? I decided ENOUGH! The heck with goals and disciplin... read more

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