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.