|Cycles lined up along the canals in Delft|
We don’t have a car here in Carlisle, so we get to cycle (or walk) everywhere we go. It definitely has it’s benefits. I’ve grown to enjoy having to cycle everywhere I go, and it’s taught me how to get around a bit more than I would have otherwise learned. Cycling isn’t quite what I saw while we were in Delft, but there are still quite a few people who do it here.
- There is a ton of traffic in Carlisle. On a cycle I can usually zoom past all the traffic queues.
- I can’t fathom all the exercise I get from cycling around town.
- I never have to really worry about parking. I just need a place to lean my cycle on and lock it up.
- The drivers are a little more friendly toward cyclists here than they are in the US.
- If I need to cross the street, I can hop off my cycle and use the pedestrian crossings.
- It only takes 15-30 minutes to cycle somewhere.
- We don’t have to spend the money on petrol.
- Cycling through puddles is great fun.
Of course, it has it’s disadvantages as well, but I think the positives out weigh the negatives.
- It’s not much fun cycling in the rain. I can get absolutely soaked.
- I’m scared to cycle on wet leaves and cobblestone.
- It can be cold if I’m not prepared.
- It’s not as convenient if I have to cycle anywhere that it takes me more than 30 minutes.
- I get a bit insecure when a car comes too close to the curb.
Over all, I’ve enjoyed it. We’ll see how I feel in a few months after cycling in the rain more often. I think it’s kind of growing on me.