Here is a short little interview from a friend who has been bike commuting in London for a few years. I love her photos and think she is one cool “chickie!” ~AT
Where do you live–London
Career/Jobs-International Relationship Manager for a Charity
How long have you been commuting by bike–3 years
What lead you to start commuting by bike?
It’s really horrible being on the underground in summer when it’s really hot and crowded. I’ve always loved being on a bike and so it was a pretty natural move. Also the healthy option!
What is the best part of commuting in your city?
Sometimes (most often!) I beat my friends home that take the bus. And it’s free. I also love racing the boys when in a dress and heels – they never expect it.
What is the worst part of commuting in your city?
Buses most definitely, and taxi drivers… some times it’s a little too scary for words. There are some bad cyclists out there that give us a bad name and they upset taxi drivers who can cut you off really badly.
Do you commute via bicycle all year long?
Um, yes in theory.. Although of late I’m a fair weather cyclist. I don’t like to ride in the rain. I’ve even ridden in the snow which is great, but the rain.. Not so much.
Your dream bicycle vacation?
Ohh.. Would really love to go mountain biking to morocco, or do a cyclist tour through Europe.
What brand bike do you ride?
I ride a front suspension mountain bike. Its white and came out of a shop window – so it has a kick stand.. Unique and is a nice touch for a lady! It also has a sticker on it that says..’’work don’t play’’
Why do you think it’s important to be “Cyclelogical?”
Because its eco friendly, its free and its health. Wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s also the best way to see your city.
If you could give a piece of advice from something you have learned about commuting in your city what would it be?
Always stand up on your bike when going through big intersections or traffic circles – its makes it easier for the cars to see you, most cyclists don’t realise this. When cycling close to parked cars or delivery vans ALWAYS look in their wing mirrors to see if they are about to open the door – useful piece of advice that will save you being thrown off your bike unsuspecting opened door.
Favorite blogs, websites info –cycling related
http://luvhandlesthebikeboutique.blogspot.com/ a friend of mine owns the store
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