James Stubbs trying out his bike
Giving up the car
How easy is it to stop using the car to switch to pedal power? James Stubbs puts himself to the test.
As a Coventry postman, James Stubbs faces transport issues as his working day starts too early to use public transport. He lives close to work, but finds walking at antisocial hours doesn’t suit him either. One possible solution – a bike. He hopes it’ll save him money in petrol, help him lose weight and cut down on the number of cars on the roads.
At the Coventry Cycling Centre
James considered buying a bike but was nervous about the cost and his commitment. Would he really stick at it?
Then he heard about the Bike Bank right here on the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire website. Through our On Yer Bike! campaign with CSV, James was able to borrow a bike for a week to see how he got on, was given proficiency training and had the option of keeping the bike afterwards for just a £30 donation to The Coventry Peace House.
James in his bike safety gear
But how did the week go? Did rain, oversleeping and tired legs push him back into the car? Watch his video diary to find out.
For more information on On Yer Bike! and the Coventry Cycling Centre, use the links on the right or call CSV Action at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire on 0845 900 5 300.
If, like James, you’d like to tell your story with support from the BBC, also take a look at our Citizen 1000 project, giving you the opportunity to learn broadcasting skills to get your voice heard.
last updated: 26/10/07