“I did it originally to save money, but where I live it only takes me fifteen minutes to get into town by bike rather than anything up to an hour by bus on a busy day.”
Mark Wilson - app developer
“I started commuting to work by bike about six months ago,” says Mark Wilson, an app developer who lives in Aigburth, south of the city. “I did it originally to save money, but where I live it only takes me fifteen minutes to get into town by bike rather than anything up to an hour by bus on a busy day.
“I have a young family,” he continues, “so it’s really important for me to get home as quickly as possibly to see them at the end of the day. We have a four month old as well, which means we don’t get much sleep at night at the moment. It turns out cycling to work in the morning is a terrific way to start the day – perking me up and getting me ready for the morning.”
Mark manages to cycle to work four or five times a week and is only really put off when the weather is too wet. As well as being a great opportunity to get some exercise he appreciates the mental benefits of daily exercise.
“If I get the bus into town I’ll just look down at my phone for the whole journey,” he says. “But with my commute I’ve mapped out a route that is safe for me and gives me the opportunity to drop down off the road and go by the Mersey for some of the journey. The last part of the journey down to where I work at Mann Island is beautiful. It really clears your head.”
Working at Avenue HQ is great for cyclists like Mike as facilities include showers – perfect for when the weather turns a bit less hospitable.
“Cycling really fits in with my work and home life these days,” he says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”