Each month we'll be featuring one Cyclescheme participant and hearing their story. We’ll ask the same seven questions (hence the name, The Cyclescheme Seven) in a bid to build up a picture of cycle commuters across Ireland. We're scouring the country for the real cycle commuters who take to their bikeeach morning. We want to share the inspiring and, sometimes funny, stories that people have. If you'd like to feature on our website, just drop us a line on: firstname.lastname@example.org with "Share my story' in the subject line.
This month we caught up with Laura from Dublin to see how her commute has changed her life.
CS: Where in the Ireland are you?
Laura: I'm in Rathmines, Dublin City.
CS: What was your main motivation for getting a bike through Cyclescheme?
Laura: Although my commute to work is quite short, I was looking to save time during my busy work hours & also get on the healthy buzz! I hadn't owned a bike for 14 years as I was involved in an accident during school. So you can imagine how nervous I was! But it has helped me immensely and now it's my primary form of transport!
CS: What bike did you get and why?
Laura: I got a Ridgeback Comet 2013 Ladies hybrid. The guys at Think Bike in Rathmines understood my nerves about cycling again, so this bike was the best to feel comfortable & safe on, as well as falling into my budget!
CS: How often do you commute to work by bike?
Laura: I commute 5 days a week; 6 during busy season!
CS: Where do you commute from and to?
Laura: From Rathmines to the City Centre.
CS: How has cycling affected your daily life - do you feel healthier? Have you saved money?
Laura: In so many different ways! Firstly, I've conquered my fear of cycling on main roads again - and in Dublin City!! Secondly, saving myself two bus fares everyday. Lastly, the health benefits are an added bonus. When cycling, it doesn't have to always be for competitive reasons. I find that a blast of fresh air in the morning clears my head & gets rid of that early morning feeling! I've even taken up spinning classes to keep up with the addiction!
It's not often we get to hear, first-hand, how cycling to work can make a difference to your lifestyle. We all know that it's good for you and that it's environmentally responsible, but it’s always encouraging to hear a personal account from someone who has made the change from four wheels to two.
Ever wondered how your commuting experience differs to others? Each month we share the story of a real Cyclescheme cycle commuter and ask them seven questions to sum up their experience from their two-wheeled commute. This month, it's Ide from Dublin.
Ever wondered how your commuting experience differs to others? Each month we share the story of a real Cyclescheme cycle commuter and ask them seven questions to sum up their experience from their two-wheeled commute. This month, it's Ciaran from Ballyboughal.