Time to change your travelling habits?

Have you ever thought about changing your travelling habits?

We recently held our very own Bike to Work Week, as part of national Bike Month 2021, and challenged our staff to swap their usual transport to and from St Hugh’s for cycling.

Viktoria Brown, the hospital’s Referrals and Enquiries Team Leader, lives 5.7km away and has begun regularly riding into work and back home again.

She said:

“I hadn’t been on a bike since I was about 14 and it was during the most recent lockdown that I decided I wanted to give it a try. I borrowed a bike and thought I would have a go cycling to work. I enjoyed it so much that I bought my own bike!

“It’s the calmness I love most about commuting in this way. It saves sitting in traffic – and it’s a lot less stressful.

“It’s a lot quieter than travelling by car. I use a cycle path which is away from the main road, making it a much more peaceful journey.”

Viktoria, 28, has worked at the hospital for four-and-a-half years.

“I wanted to show myself I can actually do it, considering I didn’t really before,” she added.

“I occasionally cycle outside of work to visit family, but I always try to cycle twice a week.”

Not only does cycling keep you fit and clock up those all-important green credentials by reducing carbon footprint, but it’s also a great way to see the world around us, the changing seasons, and take a little more time to discover our communities.

Here at St Hugh’s, we say – join Viktoria and get on yer bike!