As a cyclist, I know as blacks we should cycle more. I’m not your ride through red lights cyclist rather, I cycle as I would drive if I had passed my test.
I often find there are some black people who cycle on the road in the UK but not enough. I was introduced into cycling by my uncle, who is close to 60 and is still cycling 20 miles a week.
I used to cycle 100 miles a week in a previous role, it was tiring but great. I still do around 50 miles and it’s good for getting me out and about. If black people cycled we would be fitter. Though I would have to stress that we need to adhere to health and safety, or cycling with lights on and with a helmet.
I never as a younger person wore a helmet, used lights or reflective clothing cycling through central London to and from work at the time but now I do. The turning point was when I was doing a course in Cardiff and a police officer stopped me for having no lights, he also told me a story of a guy who was run over with a helmet and only suffered concussion, but without a helmet he would have died. I have heard other stories but this one stuck out.
We should cycle if we can to maintain fitness as well as not being so reliable on public transport. We should learn also how to maintain the bike and possibly become bike retailers in the future. A starting out bike can be affordable, if you become more experienced then a higher priced may be applicable.
We can cycle even for leisure, it can be affordable and best of all there’s a health and lifestyle benefit.