A doctor who had both her feet amputated as a child and 'hadn't touched a bike in 30 years' has said that if she can cycle to work, anyone can.
Dr Jane Atkinson said the journey 'woke her up' in the morning and as a result she had more energy while treating patients.
Dr Atkinson is an Acute Medical Consultant at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.
She told ITV Tyne Tees she was born with malformed feet and at 13-months had both amputated.
Her commute is a 12-mile round trip which she admits does take a bit longer on her bike than in the car.
She said: "I didn't touch a bike for about 30 years, I didn't like that my bike was different from everyone else's and then about a year ago one of my brother's neighbours had a trike, I had a go and that was that. The freedom it brought was fantastic and I instantly loved it.
"Instead of picking up my car keys, I get on my bike and that's my journey to work now. It does take longer to cycle than drive, however, as I've been awake and up and about for longer, by the time I hit the wards, I have loads more energy and I am much more awake."
She added: "If I can do this then I don't see why others can't. It doesn't have to be an everyday thing, simply choosing one day of the week to leave the car at home will not only make you feel fitter, physically and mentally, but you are also doing your bit for the environment."
Dr Atkinson is part of Northumberland County Council's 'The Big Northumberland Gear Change' campaign which is encouraging all residents to try and leave their car at home and get out and explore the local area on foot or by bike..
Northumberland County Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member for local services said: "Jane's story is incredible and shows the power one simple swap can make to your day-to-day life. We have such a beautiful county that can be explored by foot or if you do enjoy cycling there are some fantastic routes on your doorstep.
"We aren't asking people to completely ditch their cars, it's about small changes that may one day become more long-lasting. Things like walking to a local shop rather than taking the car can make a massive difference to your health and the environment."
You know what Clem, I've never read "Far from the madding crowd". However, I did once see a film adaptation starring Terence Stamp....
I would be happier paying RRP and keeing 130 people in a job at the wholesaler-PLUS the local bike shop gets a turn. No joy in being a vulture
Reference to the scrap about politics prompted by a dig at the Conservatives made by a road.cc reviewer in this map review article.
Lots of good options and advice above, i'd also maybe suggest RedWhite for a bib focused company (especially long distance) with a good reputation...
Indeed. Most tram systems cost considerably more than forecast and generate less revenue, whereas proper cycle facilities cost relatively tiny...
Maybe we should all join up an vote out the current leadership and vote in someone like Jeremy Vine or Cycling Mikey?
Huge difference between being impolite and punching someone repeatedly in the face and tasing them....
I'm not blaming the cyclist. Far from it. The reason the crime is being committed is due to the value of the bike in a pub car park. It's worth...
An utterly stupid dodge since vehicle registration is not PII...