People who cycle in Winchester

One of the things we love most about the Cycle Winchester mass rides, is seeing the wide variety of people who cycle in the city. From infants to grandparents, they have all joined the rides. A few mile-munching athletes, and many who are delighted to toddle to the shops. Riding comfy Dutch town bikes, ferrying the kids in a cargo bike, or easing the hills with an e-bike.

One thing we’ve learned is there is no ‘typical cyclist’. Anyone, ideally everyone, could be using a cycle to get about the city, if we had the right infrastructure. These pages contain a series of profiles of the diverse people who cycle in Winchester.

We’d love to hear your cycling story too. Please contact us and let us know how you came to cycling, or how a bike helps you get around.


Arthur and Matilda

People who cycle in Winchester #13: The Parrott family

Today we meet the Parrott family: Tom, Lucinda, Arthur (4 ½) and Matilda (just 3). Lucinda and I are another ‘down from London’ couple. I didn’t have a bike in London and hadn’t cycled for ten years until in 2011 I made a bet with friends that I would ride...
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Photo of Saira riding a bike

People who cycle in Winchester #12: Saira

Hi, I’m Saira. I grew up in a fairly traditional city in Pakistan, where cycling wasn’t viewed as appropriate for a woman and I was driven everywhere by car with a male chaperone. I came to the UK aged 18 and spent a year in London before moving to Winchester...
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People who cycle in Winchester: Gary

People who cycle in Winchester #11: Gary

Hi I’m Gary, Like many during lockdown I was looking for ways of keeping fit and active to balance my desk-based job and my daily ‘commute’ upstairs to my work-from-home office. Cycling ticked all the boxes for me: to get fit, to get fresh air and to explore Winchester and...
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Camilla and Macayle

People who cycle in Winchester #10

Camilla (mum) & Macayle (daughter) Camilla: Our family has been in Winchester since 2017. I work part-time as a theatre nurse in the hospital. Growing up in Brisbane I learnt to ride a bike but the blistering heat was a good deterrent to regular cycling! It was when our family...
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Profile photo: Steve

People who cycle in Winchester #9: Steve

Hi, I’m Steve I’ve been around Winchester for 30 years and lived here for the last 20 years since moving in with my partner. I grew up in Woolston, Southampton in the 1960s in a no-car family. My Dad walked everywhere but my Mum cycled. One of my very earliest...
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