I prefer commuting to work by bike says ITV reporter

October 25th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Helena Carter came to Guernsey over one year ago to work for ITV News in the Channel Islands having worked in London previously.

In London her walk to work took 45 minutes compared to a tube journey of about 40 minutes.

“I always preferred to walk,” she said.

“I always prefer to be more active and that’s why I chose the walking option.”

“In Guernsey I often have very long days. Sometimes I have late shoots so it is great to use the morning commute and the evening commute as a chance to get active and get some exercise in what is always a hectic day.”

Channel ITV reporter Helena Carter bicycles to work, rain or shine, all year long (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

ITV news reporter in the Channel Islands Helena Carter bicycles to work, rain or shine, all year long (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

She said the distance from her Guernsey home to work isn’t far at all.

When Helena first arrived in Guernsey she did initially walk to work and back home but wanted a bike to make the journey quicker.

“It’s about a twenty minute cycle ride although it is sometimes made longer when one is battling against a headwind, the rain and the waves, which is sometimes the case, and it’s uphill going home,” Helena said.

“Everyday when I am coming into work I pass rows of cars and people just sitting stationary in traffic. I don’t want to be part of that,” she said.

“I would much rather get on my bike to get to work.”

“It is quicker, and you might be slightly windswept when you arrive at work but it is so refreshing just having that bit of air first thing in the morning and last thing at night,” Helena said.

“Sometimes I do arrive at work totally wet and it’s not a great look for a reporter, especially when you have to be on screen that day but there are facilities at work to get changed and make myself more presentable.”

“I chose a hybrid bike – something between a sports bike and mountain bike, and a men’s bike as well.”

“The bike has a snazzy little bell courtesy of my granny,” she said.

“I do think it would make such a difference if more people cycled.”

“I guess it is getting into the habit of it. People are in the habit of using cars, and if you just try and break that, even if it is only once or twice per week….”

“I know it’s getting dark now and it’s cold and sometimes the last thing you want to do is cycle home but after twenty minutes of fresh air you can get home feeling quite revitalised after what is sometimes a hectic and exhausting day. I do think it is a great way to travel,” Helena said.

“I don’t have a car and that is frustrating sometimes but I do have a driving license and I love driving but for me the commute to work isn’t that long and for me the bike is the best and the quickest way to get there.”

Helena Carter bicycles 20 minutes each way between home and work each day (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Helena Carter cycles 20 minutes each way between home and work on her Raleigh bike (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

“I do cycle recreationally as well.  I cycle a lot. I am a member of the gym as well.  I like to vary my exercise,” she said.

“I don’t think you can beat being outdoors whether that involves running over to Fermain or getting on your bike.”

“I love being outside and I love the fresh air.”

“I am really lucky to be working and living in Guernsey. I do love it here and when you have got such amazing scenery it is a fabulous way to explore it by bike.”

People say that when you go to Paris the best way to explore is on foot and I agree and I honestly think in Guernsey the best way is by foot and by bike,” she said.

“If you’re zapping around by car you can miss so much of the gorgeous scenery, and even if it is cycling to work in the morning and watching the sun rise, or watching the lights come on in the evening as I cycle along the coastal path at night it’s gorgeous.”

“If you have got a bicycle in a shed that’s not getting much use you might as well give it a try even if it is only for short distances every now and again,” she said.

“It’s a start to get those legs working ahead of all the Christmas pudding that going to be consumed in a few months time!”


1 Response to “I prefer commuting to work by bike says ITV reporter”

  1. rosie dorey

    Brilliant Helena. I hope that you inspire more people to follow your example.

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