Lifestyle Health

Monday 19 February 2018

Daily cycle to work is exhilarating

FIT Editor Vicki Notaro with her Victoria Pendleton bike
FIT Editor Vicki Notaro with her Victoria Pendleton bike
Vicki Notaro

Vicki Notaro

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.


Irish Independent

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