Finally, finally, finally – I pulled my socks up so the expression goes, and got on my bike and am now cycling to work. After years of living in Amsterdam and doing nothing but cycle everywhere, it's taking me a little longer here to attempt to get out there and join rest of the pack. So amazing round of applause is needed, don't let little hurdles put you off giving it a go.
It took me ages to find a bike to my liking, a cute yet stylish girly city bike from Melbourne Cycles, which you can buy online or through Trak Cycles in Norwood. I also borrowed a lovely helmet. I've ridden bikes forever and this is the first time ever that I need to wear one. I'm still not thrilled at what it does to your hair, and while the helmet is one thing , I draw the line there for you def won't be seeing me in matching Lycra - nothing against anyone wearing it, just not my cuppa tea. I thought it was funny in discussions with other women its the helmet hair and Lycra that puts us off the most, safety came in third. Loving the super amazing invisible helmet, not loving the price as it costs more than my bike... busy saving for one.
Pelican getting itself ready for the day
Anyway, as for the ride itself, I am thankful for the super handy website cycle instead, where you can plan your journey – and I am lucky that most of my morning ride to work is along the Botanic Gardens and down the Torrens River, so I get to share my early morning with some amazing parklands, waking up with the vast array of birds who are just getting up and ready for their day and some truly stunning views of the river. I love that there are also other paths more for the rough and ready off-roadsters. For me the simple path I am on is already roughing it enough, I am a bit of a lightweight there.
I do see that cycling becoming more and more popular, which is great, and I am thrilled at the local council's efforts so far in way of paths and lanes. I have my fingers crossed that there will be continual improvement on both the paths and traffic management.
Gorgeous Early Morning River views
Here are some thoughts pros and cons about biking to work:
Perks of riding a bike:
1) It's free 2) Scenery - wildlife, nature etc. 3) Discover roads less travelled 4) Get in exercise while travelling to work 5) No time wasted having to wait for public transport 6) Environmentally friendly, totally sustainable
7) It's free, believe I mentioned that, worth mentioning again though!
Few points that could be improved upon:
1) Bike paths – (I think everyone in the council should spend some time cycling them so they can see first hand what needs improving)
2) Lighting at night in suburbs (it's a little scary)
3) Motorists that are used have all the space for themselves, although in all honesty I am more likely to be run over by MAMILS more than motorists (just kidding)
4) The MAMILS upset at me for being on the wrong side of the bike path. I do apologize, I get the fact I am no longer in Europe. Bear with me, I am learning the hard way.
So don't put it off, on your bike if you are able, and enjoy an early morning scenic ride into work.