Wacky Races: How our reporter fared as he took the humble bike to work
Cycling is quite simply the best way to commute.
You arrive at work faster than any other mode of transport, it keeps you fit, you don’t contribute to clogging up the roads and your journey is emission free.
And it costs nothing!
While others were crushed into buses or sat nose-to-tail in traffic I was whistling along next to the water without a care in the world.
I use the Leeds Liverpool Canal for the majority of my journey and only use Kirkstall Road during the winter when heading home as it is too dark to use the towpath.
Kirkstall Road going into town, in particular, is very unsafe for those on bikes and every cyclist I know thinks the recent ‘upgrade’ of the cycle lanes has made matters worse.
Nearly two years ago I was hit by a car. I lost one of my teeth but walked away with just cuts and bruises.
I have seen the aftermath of incidents in which cyclists were far less lucky.
Find out how everyone else got on in our wacky race across Leeds by clicking the links below...