Jodi, who works for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, took part in Love to Ride’s Cycle September event in South Essex earlier this year and has kindly let us share her story, to encourage more people to get cycling. Please continue reading to find out about her experience!
“As a child I rode my bike everywhere and this continued into my twenties when I decided to sell my car and cycle instead to save money, improve my fitness and be environmentally friendly. However, I had an accident on my bike a few years later, which caused me to give up cycling and walk the journeys I would have ordinarily biked. Several years ago I was given a second-hand bike, but found it difficult to get back in the saddle, as I had lost my confidence after the accident.
“The Cycle September event coincided with my goal to cycle to work instead of walking, and helped me interact with colleagues in a fun way to increase my enthusiasm for cycling. My bike required some TLC after being neglected for some time. Following a service and help from a friend, it was ready for the road again. The Love to Ride website helped me remain motivated, and even fix a puncture via a link to an online tutorial. It increased my knowledge and confidence and affirmed my commitment to cycling once again.
“Cycle September has been a fun and interactive way to encourage people like myself to get back on their bike. For this I’m extremely grateful. I will continue to cycle, and look forward to getting involved in future cycling events.”
Do you have a story to share about your experiences cycling in South Essex? If so we would love to hear from you! Please do share them on our Twitter and Facebook pages.
If you would like to join Love to Ride’s latest campaign, ‘Winter Wheelers’, please go to lovetoride.net/southessex. Winter Wheelers encourages residents of South Essex to get on their bikes during December for the chance to win prizes.