I live in Leigh-on-Sea but work in London so travelling by train is a five days- a- week experience. However, I actually really like it; taking the train gives me the chance to catch up on some reading which during a busy working week is virtually impossible.
While I don’t live miles away from the station it is a decent drive in the car and if there’s a road accident or roadworks taking place, sitting behind a build-up of traffic knowing I’m going to miss my train is far from ideal. Not only that, but looking for a parking space once I’m at the station can also be a problem. It was during one of the many times I was struggling to find a parking space that I began to think there must be a more enjoyable way to be making the journey. Turns out there was, and I didn’t have to look far to find it.
I’d been considering buying a bike for a while because I wanted to get a bit fitter, but it wasn’t until I started noticing the number of commuters who cycled to the station that I really thought seriously about it. We’re always made to believe that cycling to work just isn’t practical – especially in the summer – but I’ve never actually seen a cyclist pull up to the station out of breath, coated in perspiration, so I figured that as long as you’ve made time then there really isn’t a problem. Plus you’ll still get there quicker than walking or even driving, what with the amount of traffic around in the morning and evenings.
I’d heard about the Re-cycle Centre in Southend where they sell previously used bikes in good shape and for a very reasonable price, so I dropped by one day in the hope of finding something suitable for me. The staff were extremely helpful and also very approachable, so I definitely recommend them if you’re looking for a bike. I ended up finding myself a great bike, for a great price, and it’s honestly one of the best purchases I’ve ever made!
Now I can enjoy a nice casual bike ride to the station and I’m rarely late for my train. Leigh-on-Sea station also has great cycle parking, making my bike much easier and hassle free to park than my car once was!
Recently, I realised that I’d been using my bike so much that having a car just wasn’t necessary, so I sold it. Genuinely the only regret I have was about selling the car is that I didn’t do it sooner! I like travelling by bike so much that when I’m planning on going somewhere with friends or family, I’m known to suggest we all go by bike. It may have done their heads in for a while, but they quickly saw the benefits and now they’ve got the cycling bug too.