When I started cycling last year, nothing could have prepared me for the senseless pain I experienced on a twice-daily basis, commuting through the howling wind and lashing rain of the Great British winter. The bad news is that this is largely as a result of the one thing you can guarantee (apart from death, but let’s not go there just yet), which is that winter in the UK is going to be cold at some point. The good news is that the way you prepare for that eventuality is going to have an enormous bearing on the level of pain you experience.
As the days draw shorter, temperatures plummet and a new crop of Freshers arrive in Hollyoaks village, it can only mean one thing – that’s right, the holidays are over. But that doesn’t just mean the return of the X Factor and unsuccessful attempts at layering. It also means your commute to work is about to get approximately 400% more annoying. Over the next few weeks we’ll be giving you tips on how to stay safe, warm and dry on your commute over the coming months.
Colder temperatures and lashing rain do have implications for safe cycling and are environmentally certainly less pleasant to cycle in, but the most noticeable seasonal difference is the dwindling light and one of the most important elements of cycling safety is visibility.
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.