Does cycling to work cost cyclists their jobs? Does appearance matter and is cycling to work professional? That’s a question the Guardian Jobs section has recently been mulling.
The first audit of how many commuters cycle to work in Scotland has revealed that 3.6% of the Scottish working population are active in cycling to their working premises.
Commuting to work by bike has never been so popular. A leading digital production agency Pixillion has been documenting this increasing love affair with the bike in the Work Cycle project.
If you’ve never ridden a bike to work on a regular basis commuting by bike can bring up many challenges. Having worked from home for a number of years, I travelled into Going Going Bike office’s in London by bike for the whole of the last week, experiencing the many trials and tribulations of the early morning and evening cycle commute for the first time.
Khadim Shubber is Editor in Chief of Felix, the student newspaper at Imperial College London. More importantly he is a keen cyclist and has provided this guest blog!
Every so often, always on particularly chilly mornings, I feel reluctant to cycle to university. My body hasn’t quite woken up yet, and the thought of hopping on my rather beaten up purple mountain bike is less than appealing. But then I’m jolted awake by the thought of the alternatives: walking, getting the bus, or god-forbid, the tube.
A huge pat on the back for Kingston Council (which is in the South East England) who are organising a bike bus for commuters who work in Kingston in a bid to encourage cycling take-up.
Anyone who travels to work far from their home can emphasise with the often mind numbing experience and time consuming it can be by a motor vehicle, particularly by public transport.
The danger of riding a bicycle on roads is still the biggest barrier to people taking up cycling in England and many more would cycle if safety concerns were met, research from the Department of Transport indicates.
The Wednesday guest blog is becoming a bit of a common theme on Going Going Bike. This week Anna-Maria Weber explains what it is about commuting by bike that she loves. Thanks Anna-Maria! (You can also check out her other photos on flickr)
There is a top article by Jamie Wilkins on the Guardian website today on what an individual needs to possess in order to be a top level road racer. Fitness, power and the support of a fully committed team are all cited before he concludes that passion for the bike is the critical element for road cyclists at the highest level.