National Cycle to Work day is Wednesday 3rd September. Here in the Explore office many of us will be leaving our cars at home and heading into the office by pedal power alone. While this day will see a larger than usual number of people in the queue for the office showers, that's not usually a short line on any other day. Many members of the team regularly commute to work by bike and here some of them tell us why. Do they inspire you to give it a go too?
Hannah Methven, Product Manager
“I started getting into cycling by switching my commute from the car to a bike and quickly realised that, as well as getting my exercise done for the week, it was a far more positive start and end to the day. Six months on and I’ve got a bike rack for my car so I can start exploring further afield.”
William Potter, Print and Digital Marketing Executive
"I chose to cycle to work for three reasons: Firstly, when I cycle I can basically eat whatever I want because I’m burning those calories straight off. Secondly, it’s actually quicker than getting to work on public transport. And lastly, it’s free, which means more money to spend on food from my first point!"
John Telfer, Product and Operations Director
"15 minutes in a car on the A331 or 35 minutes cycling along canals and backroads – no argument! It puts a bounce in my step in the mornings and gets me outside. Cycling home the sun is behind me and nothing beats the view of cumulus bobbing across the horizon. And I save money!"
Lisa Spratling, Adventure Travel Consultant
"I cycle to work because I love my vintage bike which is a Phillips 1956. It was a barn find and given to me by a friend. Once it was polished up and given a bit of TLC, we realised it’s quite a collectable. It’s also a great way of helping with my marathon training. On my running 'rest' days I still like to exercise and the four mile each way cycle ride from Aldershot is perfect; with no gears it helps a great deal with my stamina training. Plus I still find it quirky to be cycling along passing Farnborough airport as a private jet flies over!”
Tim Hornby, IT Support Analyst
"Although I don't always cycle to work, when I do, I always start out with the idea that I'm going to take it easy... And I do... For about the first five minutes of the hour-long/sixteen mile ride – I can't help but push myself. I get to work physically exhausted, sweating and feeling thoroughly great about myself. After a nice shower I'm ready to tackle the day with vigour!"
Ed Deeson, Customer Relations Manager
“I find commuting by bike a great way to start and end my working day. It wakes me up in the morning, gives me more energy during the day and helps me sleep well at night. Obviously it also keeps me fit (and as an added bonus I can eat whatever I want!)”
Alison Butler, Cycling Product Manager
"I thought my cycle to work days were over once I had my son Joshua but he loves the bike as much as me and now I cycle him to nursery, drop him and the bike seat off then pedal another 10 miles to the office. I still love my commute although I must confess I am only a fair weather cyclist now, seems a bit unfair to Josh to cycle in the rain although with me sat in front at least he has a decent windbreak!"