Cycling for Transport website launched
Site aims to encourage more people to get behind two wheels
This week saw the official publication of a consumer guide to utility cycling.
CyclingForTransport.com is a source of information on using a bicycle for commuting, shopping and other day-to-day trips.
Alongside guidance on bikes and bike accessories, it has practical tips on integrating cycling into everyday life. These include pages on the various types of bike commonly available in the UK, and how to store a bike at home. The site also has pointers on cycle security and maintenance.
As a guide to “bikes and bike stuff” written for the ordinary person, the site aims to demystify the world of cycling, using non-technical language where possible and explaining cycle terminology in an illustrated glossary.
CyclingForTransport.com has been created by Alex Bailey, a writer and life-long cyclist living in Manchester. “Bicycles have been my main mode of transport for 25 years,” says Alex.
“I commuted daily in central London before moving to Manchester and now do the same thing there. I’ve also cycled for transport in Surrey and in my native Leicestershire. Bikes are such an important part of my life, I have a marginally unhealthy obsession with them! So I’ve decided it’s time to do something useful with all the cycling information I’ve gathered over the years.”
Alex believes he has found a gap in the market for basic information about utility cycling. “When I’ve needed specific information about bikes, I’ve had to trawl through web forums or look it up on sites that seem to be written for weekend racers or bike mechanics,” he says. “It shouldn’t be that difficult. Those communication channels are dominated by enthusiasts writing for other people like them.”
He sees this as a reflection of the sports-oriented cycle industry in the UK and elsewhere, which he thinks has an excessive impact on consumer choice. “Transport cycling in the UK seems to be the poor cousin of performance cycling. And as long as the manufacturers perceive cycling as a sport, the bike shops will sell the wrong bikes to people who actually want to cycle to work. However, when consumers know what to look for, they choose something more suitable. So people need information about practical bikes. I wanted to create a site where cycling solutions were presented clearly and without unnecessary technical detail.”
The site also contains the kind of information people might be afraid to ask an ‘expert’, such as which clothing helps you avoid getting sweaty while cycling to work, or how to book a bike on a train.
CyclingForTransport.com was launched this week and is likely to be of interest to those who are cycling to work during Bike Week.
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