When you’re buried in snow six months of the year, cycling is rarely a viable option. So when medical student Carolyn Reimann moved to Townsville from Detroit, Michigan, USA, three years ago, one of the first things she did was get a bike. And she’s been pedaling ever since.
"From the University to the city centre, to the airport, to all corners of the city, you can bike almost all of it on a path or a bike lane on the road. It only takes me about 45 minutes to get from one end of the city to the other," Carolyn said.
"It feels so great to ride —I had never before experienced this opportunity for transportation."
For Carolyn, convenience is only one of the many benefits of cycling.
"Biking as a means of transportation guarantees I’m exercising," she said.
"It is my 'me' time. When I’m cycling, I process the events of the day and plan out what I need to do."
"It also helps to boost my mental and physical health, not to mention the health of the environment."
Being a student, Carolyn appreciates the savings too—both in time and money.
"It’s often faster for me to ride to Uni than it is for my roommates to drive there," she said.
"I don’t have to worry about traffic or finding a car park. I don’t have to pay for parking or petrol and, as a student, servicing my bike is free at the university through workshops held by the University Bicycle User Group (BUG) and TropEco program."
"Since spending the money to buy my bike, the most I spend on it is $5 every now and then to replace an inner tube."