Women In Cycling – Vivienne Gray

Introduce yourself (and your bikes…)

Vivienne Gray (4 bikes at the moment – road, hybrid, folding bike and a fat bike)vivgray

What is your connection to the world of cycling?

Apart from a wee blip in my 30s, I’ve cycled all my life and love it. In my professional life I’m a planner so I get involved in cycling, as part of planning for active travel, at work. I also help organise lunchtime rides with workmates once a month at work. Cafe stops are non-negotiable.

What got you into cycling? (or back into it?)

Edinburgh’s hated trams! I was getting sick of how we travelled to work but didn’t think there was a safe route to cycle all the way so I got a folding bike, started driving to Ingliston Park & Ride where I got the tram and then got off at Edinburgh Park to cycle the rest of the way to the office. After a while that wasn’t enough and the rest, as they say, is history. Now I cycle 20 miles a day and I can’t imagine giving that up.

What would you say was your most significant achievement (so far!)?

That after a few years of having lost my way, I got back on my bike and now I’m spending more time on a bike than ever and feeling fitter in my 40s than I can ever remember feeling. I have some big plans for 2017…

What’s your biggest frustration?

Poor infrastructure and general antipathy towards people on bikes.

If you could wave a magic wand, what’s the one (cycling-related) thing you’d wish for?

That we were on track to exceed the vision of 10% of all journeys by bike by 2020 and that we were doing this through provision of direct, safe and convenient segregated routes that help to make better places for everyone.

What’s your typical day/week on cycling? And what are the rides you dream about?

If I’m in the office every day, I cycle to work (10 miles each way). If I have meetings elsewhere I use a combination of train and bike. Rides I dream about depends on what’s taking my fancy, right now I’m planning for micro-adventures on my fat bike and looking forward to doing the Capital Trail this year.

Who are the women in cycling you’d like to hear from next and why?

I’d like to hear from women who are just starting out – what has encouraged you to try and what would keep you going?