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Cycling - the answer to commuting stress

JAN RUSS
Last updated 11:49 10/04/2014
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We have asked you to share your stories about commuting in Christchurch.

Jan Russ tells us how good life has been since she ditched the car and started riding her bike to work.

I live 12 km out of town in Waitikiri Dr, Marshlands. My commute to work in Hereford St by car has increased from 25 minutes to 40 minutes, and lately to an hour, plus a 10-minute walk to the office.

The roads seem crazy. I could feel myself getting agitated in the car: huge sighs; muttering; slapping of the steering wheel. Cars were entering intersections not making it to the other side, thereby blocking the intersection.

It was just plain stressful.

What could I do? The answer lay in my garage. My bike.

I checked my lights the night before and packed my clothes.

I woke to rain in the morning. Should I drive? NO WAY, the stress of the drive is worse than getting wet.

I chose to ride complete with day-glow jacket. Riding in the rain was fine.

I used my hand signals and rode in the cycle lane along QEII drive.

Christchurch drivers were nothing but courteous. I got to work and took advantage of the shower facilities. I was good to go and start work earlier than I have in recent times.

I saved time, got an hour and 20 minutes of exercise, saved money on petrol, and was good to the environment.

Life is good. I'm biking again tomorrow.


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