Commuting by Bike

cycle commuting

Commuting is regarded by many as the most important kind of cycling. Economically important because it takes people to and from work and reduces congestion for other road users. Environmentally important because it reduces the amount of pollution being generated. Important health wise because it encompasses a good form of exercise that most people can adopt to their life style - after all most people live within 5 miles of their work, therefore the bike commute shouldn't be too taxing.

road cycling routes Aberdeenshire

One of the great attractions is that cycle commuting can be combined with public transport. And because it requires neither a special bike nor special clothes you can pedal to the station, take your bike on the train and pedal away at the other end. Dead easy!

The downside of commuting by bike is that you may encounter what on the face of it appear to be the biggest blockers to cycling, e.g. traffic, poor road surfaces, minimal secure cycle parking provision, lack of work facilities for changing etc.

Throughout this section of the site we have gathered together some information that hopefully will persuade you to use your bike for commuting and how to campaign to better your lot as a cyclist. If you think we have missed something you would like included, then let us know. Contact details are on the link at the bottom of the page.

 

Commuting by Bike and Train

Using the train to complete part of your commute is a great idea, especially if you live some distance from your work place. It is easy to do, and you don't need a folding bike.

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Potholes & Lighting Defects

Find out who to contact, and the best way to do it, if you have any issues with potholes, street lights, level crossings, and leaking water pipes.

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Cycle Security

Advice on how to keep your bike safe, both at home and away from home. and if the unthinkable happens, what to do if your bike is stolen.

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Choosing a Bicycle Lock

The most important bit of kit you will need when parking your bike. But which type of lock should you consider buying? We look at the common types and discuss their pros and cons.

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Cycle Campaigns & Advocacy

Cycle Campaign and Advocacy groups work to improve conditions for cyclists, not just locally but throughout Scotland. They lobby for cycling across many fronts including the Scottish Government, city councils, the police, other government bodies, and the media. Campaigns include provision of cycle lanes, improved cycle parking, and even the building of new mountain bike trails. Have a look at the Cycle Campaign groups currently active in the north east of Scotland and consider how you can help them to improve the local cycling landscape.

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Relevant Books from Amazon


Safe Cycling in the City