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Why I . . . cycle to work

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1979 (Published 08 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1979

Re: Why I . . . cycle to work

Great to hear about colleagues cycling to work. We need more of it as it sets a good example to patients. I am keen to promote cycling as means of transport that doesn't require special clothing to encourage others on to their bikes and if the distances are relatively short, then this can be possible.

As well as commuting to work, I am happy to do visits on my bike as the practice area is relatively small. I have a small bag (cf football boot size) for my medical kit. This fits in a pannier along with waterproofs and bike gear and have a rucksack case for a laptop (when I need to carry one). Most urgent visits seem to be better sorted by the paramedics than GPs these days and, in our practice area, rarely is there a GP visit required where the difference between cycling and driving time is relevant. Indeed sometimes there are routes for a bike that are shorter (and quicker) than those for a car. I also know of one doc who uses an e-bike - another option to consider to reduce the perspiration on hilly routes or to facilitate longer journeys. So if you are thinking about it, give it a go.

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 May 2019
Andy R Friend
GP
WIndmill Health Centre, Leeds