Bike Week - Tranquil peddling to work

As part of Bike Week, Kevin Stevens, IT service manager at CF Fertilisers UK shares his experiences swapping to a bike for the first time for his commute to work.

Kevin has moved from using his stationary training bike in the garage to the real thing, now cycling to work three days a week to Ince.

“I would usually spend an hour a day on a stationary training bike using the Zwift app in the garage, but now that ‘bike time’ is absorbed as part of my daily commute said Kevin.

Whilst Kevin can cycle directly to work in 25 minutes, he’s started to change his route.  “I’ve added loops that take me out into the countryside for extended periods, it’s good to vary your routes a little if possible so you can take whatever way home suites your mood. Hitting hills for a challenge or along the canal path for a bit of tranquil peddling.”    

Kevin has always been a keen cyclist: “I love cycling, always have done, it’s a great way to ‘decompress’ after a tough day and it’s a good way to get some exercise that’s also easy on the joints.”

There are other benefits from a commute to work by bike, Kevin added: “I think my wife appreciates me coming home with a clearer head.”

But what happens when the current lock-down regulations are removed, and we start to return to normal, does Kevin intend to keep cycling? “Definitely, lock-down has given me time to get used to the local roads having moved to the area in February and I’m finding the long stretches of local cycle routes are very welcome.”   

For those who fancy following in Kevin’s cycle tracks, what advice does he give for those still thinking about pedal power? “There is so much equipment on the market. Just remember you live in the UK so invest in a good pair of water proofs and a water proof back pack cover especially if you’re taking a laptop. I’m lucky that at CF Fertilisers UK is a great company to work for and very cycle friendly, we have lockers and showers on site which makes it very easy. If you not so lucky then invest in some luggage saving shirt/blouse and trouser/skirt cases, they’re ideal for cycle commuters.”   

The Council wants to hear views and suggestions from residents on how walking and cycling improvements can be made in areas. Residents can share their ideas on the interactive mapping tool or send suggestions via the online survey.

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