Walk to School Week is an exciting challenge every year to encourage children and their families to get up and get moving! Exercise is an important part of ensuring our overall wellbeing!
To celebrate this fun and exciting challenge we asked our staff for their Bicycle stories:
- How long have you guys been cycling to work?
- What was your most memorable ride?
- What was the worst one?
- How do you guys stay so fashionable with all the rainy and windy trips?
- Any advice to the cyclists for cycle trips to school?
Our Volunteer Coordinator Melanie shared her story:
I have been cycling to work for about a year, since I moved more locally and decided I wanted to cycle to work all-year-round.
My most memorable ride was the first time I looked out of the window from my bedroom, and saw it was raining, but decided it was time to brave my first rainy ride. I had just bought my first cycling poncho. I ended up with loads of rain dripping down my face, realising in that moment how alive it actually made me feel. I got to work and took the poncho and rain trousers off and no one could have ever guessed!
The worst one was the first time I left work when it was already dark and hadn’t yet realised that you really need lights or at least some high visibility gear so cars can see you in the night!
It’s easy to stay fashionable! It’s actually easier to wear heels cause you do a lot less walking, and you can even wear a dress in winter as all you need to do is cover it all up with the rain trouser and poncho so nothing gets ruined! I get to work and don’t even need to change, I just take the extra layer off. It’s only 15min away so I don’t sweat too much luckily 🙂
I was a summer-only cyclist for years. Start with that and you’ll soon get a taste for the freedom it brings! It’s mad how even a 15min bike ride can clear your mind after a long day at work/school! I’m lucky I get to ride along Wanstead flats every day, watching the sun go down or even getting all the flowery smells while I ride home listening to my favourite music (in one ear!).
Got inspired 😉