Re: Best way to travel 5 miles to a train station?
in message <firstname.lastname@example.org>, David
> I live about 5 miles from a train station where I catch my train to
> work each day. I used to drive my car to the station and park it in
> the car park, but now I often find that the car park is full (even
> very early) and the surrounding areas have parking restrictions.
> I would just like peoples ideas of how I could get to the station...
> 3) I could cycle, but again, its dangerous and in the summer I would
> need a shower by the time I got to work!
Cycling is not dangerous. On the contrary, people who cycle, according
to the BMA, live longer than people who don't, so not cycling is more
dangerous than cycling.
I used to commute 21 miles each way by bicycle, and didn't need a shower
when I got to work (although I did keep sufficient clean clothes at
work to change every day). Of course, that meant driving in at least
once a week to take the clean clothes for the next week, but that can
be worked around. Cycling isn't a sweaty activity unless you're trying
to go fast; at a reasonable ten or twelve miles per hour, you should
not sweat any more than you would when walking.
My suggestion: hire a Brompton (folding bike) for a week. Take it
with you on the train. If at the end of that time you don't love it,
don't buy one. If, on the other hand, you do love it, do buy one; live
long (because cycling is good for you) and prosper (because cycling is
 People in London, surely there's somewhere you can hire Bromptons
(Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/
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