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Robert with his Birmingham built Dawes Jaguar 531 frame
Tell me about your bike and where you got it?
My bicycle is an original Birmingham built
Dawes Jaguar racing bike.
My bike was found by a friend of mine
underneath the South Arts Building at Swansea University. It had been
chained up for a year, so he asked the security staff if he could have it, and
they said "Yes please take it away." So he removed the D-lock
and took it away. After all that, unfortunately he didn't have the time to do the necessary extensive renovation, so he gave it to me.
Where has your bike taken you today?
Today my bike has taken me just a mile or
so around Bournville.
Why do you cycle?
I cycle for lots of reasons, but most
importantly to reduce the size of the footprints I leave in the sands of
time. I like to avoid motorised traffic, with all the stress it
brings. I like the sense of freedom it gives me. It's great
for fitness and health and also for the cost benefits as no petrol is
What is your most regular commute around
Well I don't really commute because I work
from home. I just go out for transport, shopping and leisure; I normally
ride up to Sainsbury in Selly Oak.
What is your favourite place to cycle in Birmingham?
I don't really have a specific place that
I like to go to, but what I like to do is cycle around on the canal towpaths in
Birmingham because they are peaceful and quiet with lots of wildlife.
What else do you do on your bike other
I like to reflect and look at the nature
around me, that's why I prefer to ride away from the traffic
What do you think Birmingham could do to
improve the cycling infrastructure to make it more user friendly for all
It could do an awful lot. What I would
like Birmingham to do is to copy theDutch
Model, because it has been tried and tested, it works, and it gets lots
of people cycling