When I moved to Dublin city centre, I had great plans for cycling to and from work. I had quaint visions of myself wheeling around the city. Then I realised that cycling in a busy urban setting is more than a little dangerous, bikes can be expensive and the weather in Ireland is largely awful, so my daydreams took a back seat.
However, when I became aware of Bikes4Work and the cycle to work scheme, I decided to give pedalling a go. I took myself to Halfords and fell in love with a black Victoria Pendleton model.
The first couple of cycles were daunting to say the least – remembering the one-way traffic, keeping up a nice speed and not being a nuisance to drivers were all at the forefront of my mind. I didn't realise how exerting it would be – Dublin is bumpier and hillier than it looks, and the bike lanes aren't fantastic (especially when drivers park in them). But I also found it exhilarating. Cycling wakes me up far more effectively than a bus journey and is more exciting than a walk.
I'm still reluctant to cycle in the rain or dark, but my confidence is growing. Once I get used to the helmet hair and slightly sweaty arrival into work, there'll be no stopping me. Roll on summer.