There just always seems to be a good excuse, but what if all the excuses could be removed? We asked FlowFinder followers what has stopped them from active commuting in the past and provide a few answer as well… what’s your excuse?
Guy: “The only thing that ever stops me from cycling into work, other than an injury is the weather. If it’s snowing it’s pretty much impossible as it becomes far too dangerous, and if it’s raining too hard it’s just far too unpleasant and it’s hard to warm up again at the other end. Other than that, I even cycled to work during the London riots… albeit a little faster than normal. There’s not a lot you can do about the snow, but having decent shower facilities readily available definitely makes a difference because you can make yourself presentable (and warm again) if you get caught in a downpour!”
Sophie: “I love cycling, but in London there are so many bad drivers and potholed roads, without enough cycle lanes, it makes it very difficult. For running it’s a similar issue, the roads are badly maintained and the pavements are overcrowded so you have to stop and start a lot unless you run through a park or along the river. The bad weather is a bit of a turn off as well, and then there’s the fear of bike theft. Companies are improving facilities for cyclists, but many don’t have showers, even if they do have a safe bike rack.”
Rory: “In London, it's dangerous and I like being alive most of the time. Other than that, wearing a helmet messes up my hair and there isn’t anywhere proper to freshen up at work, and ultimately, there isn’t anywhere to store a bike safely – theft is rife! And finally, not being able to go out for a few drinks after work if you're stuck with a bike that needs to be taken home.”
Beata: “It’s mostly about safety and pollution. There’s such a high risk of being hit by a car if you’re riding a bike or running that it’s really off putting. Pollution I think is my biggest concern however, what’s the point in cycling to work, just to breathe in your own body weight in petrol fumes?”
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