As a rule of thumb: if your journey is less than 5 miles then cycle; if it is 5 to 10 miles you’ll need change facilities at work; more than 10 miles, then, as Wesley found, it is only feasible for the fit or as an occasional treat.
Having experimented last week with car sharing, today I decided to experiment with commuting to work by bicycle. This is partly because, as someone who believes the motor car to be a generally good thing, that gets far too much of a bad press in Northern Ireland, I think it’s important to explore the alternatives at first hand. And it is partly because I was dared to do this by a one-man-cycling-crusade-machine on Twitter (you know who you are @stripymoggie). So I hope everyone appreciates the sacrifice I have made in the name of transport research!
Anyway, my daily commute is from east Belfast to Newtownards. At the outset, we need to establish that this is a journey OUT of the city, where cars can get up a decent speed, so it’s not really an ideal way to test a cycling commute. A commute into the city centre would…
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