Occasional Thoughts About Cycling In and Around Dundee

Author: dundee cycling forum

All Right Now? Yes

This post was contributed by Lynn Allanson. We hope it will be the start of a series of short posts from cyclists in our area, telling us their stories from the saddle. Perhaps yours could be the next one?

Bike by a field on a sunny day

What I was seeing and how I was feeling when I took this photograph, seemed to be in perfect harmony with the Free song that was playing from the Bluetooth speaker on my bike. I have always found being on a bike one of the happiest places to be, and this is especially true in the difficult times we are experiencing now.

I took this photo in Barry, on a beautiful May afternoon looking out over the Barley fields and towards our beautiful coastline. I often listen to music on the bike and standing looking over the countryside and taking a few minutes to think how lucky I was to have this gorgeous place to cycle round, just lifted my spirits and put a huge smile on my face. If lockdown has shown me one thing it is to take more time to enjoy the moment I have, and not hankering for the moments that are not possible currently.

Since lockdown I never seen so many individuals and family groups on cycle rides, and I hope they will continue to ride when life returns to normal, as a bike is the perfect way to take time out and appreciate and enjoy what’s around you. Hopefully with the increased numbers enjoying cycling, extra resources will be made available to facilitate improvements to make cycling easier and safer for both commuting and recreation, thus giving more people the chance to enjoy being on their bike, and to also have the chance to take a moment and hopefully think “I’m Alright Now” .

Hello Dundee!

It has become a cliche to say that we live in strange times. They are bad times for many of us – we or our loved ones have been directly affected by Covid-19, our job is uncertain or lost, or a myriad of other serious impacts on our lives. But amongst all this there have been some undoubted positives. One of these is that all around the country, the quieter roads have given many people the confidence to get out on their bikes. For many, this is for the first time since childhood.

And so we hope this blog has come along at a great moment for cycling in and around Dundee. Over the coming weeks and months, it will grow to record a range of cycling voices. They will all be expressing their personal opinion, which might not be shared by Dundee Cycling Forum. But as long as they are expressed in a constructive way, we hope to give a voice to as many as we can.

Perhaps you could be one of these voices? Are you one of those that have just returned to cycling? Perhaps you have even bought a new bike? Or perhaps for you it is situation normal – you have always cycled. Whichever is you, if you have experiences to share, comments to make, or just want to express the joy of cycling in Dundee, please send your words and images to contact@dundeecycling.co.uk and we will consider it for inclusion.

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