British Cycling member Fiona from Devon works for the Met Office and commutes by bike whatever the weather.
Name: Fiona Verney
Workplace: The Met Office, Exeter, Devon
Tell us about your commuting rig: Saracen MTB - nothing fancy but great for the bumpy road surfaces and very reliable.
What’s your commute like?: Countryside to city - 30 mile round trip. All minor roads with little or no traffic until I’m nearer the office. The roads cross over the motorway several times which makes me smile as I’m not one of the masses in a car.
How many days a week do you commute by bike? Normally four – I need a lie in on one day!
What do you enjoy the most about bike commuting? Beating the bus on the same route and feeling that I’ve achieved something before I sit at my desk.
"It’s a good way to fit in cycle training, saves money on petrol, gives me time to get ready for work or ‘file’ work away at the end of the day, means I can eat a lot...the list is endless!"
What’s your least favourite thing about commuting by bike? Having a hard day at work and having to get motivated to cycle home. But once I’m changed and start pedalling the motivation returns as I get to cycle past the cars and then have open countryside to enjoy.
What are your main reasons to commute by bike? It’s a good way to fit in cycle training, saves money on petrol, gives me time to get ready for work or ‘file’ work away at the end of the day, means I can eat a lot...the list is endless!
Have you got any funny or interesting bike commuting stories or experiences to share? The most memorable moment was at 7am, on a traffic free road, when an owl flew past me holding its breakfast in its feet. A silent flyer who kept me company for about two seconds but the moment has lasted for a year so far and I don’t think I’ll forget it.
What’s your killer commuting tip? Get the right kit and don’t be put off by the weather – there’s always somewhere dry and warm to go at the end of your ride.
Are you a British Cycling Member? Yes
If so how does your British Cycling membership support your bike commuting?
British Cycling’s support for cyclists is evident and hopefully this will translate into car drivers understanding that we do have a right to be on the road and we don’t all jump red lights.
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