I am an ‘adopted’ Mancunian, living car-free in a city that I love and in a household where there are more bikes than people!
In 2008, thanks to my partner’s love for cycling, I decided to start riding again… conquer the worry of cycling in traffic… Manchester is beautiful but busy! However bit by bit my confidence grew and my love for cycling bloomed when I stumbled upon Vita, my Pashley Princess Sovereign.
She‘s now an extension of my body, always joint at the hip going onto little Mancunian adventures together! And now my own bicycle family is growing with the addition of Barolo, a 1997 Dawes tourer, ready for more adventures, this time farther afield! And since summer 2012, a red Brompton too.
I am also an architect and urban designer, but if you expect me to wear black polo necks, corduroy trousers and talk in complex jargon, that’s not me 😉 I work with individuals and communities to support – and hopefully enable – sustainable projects, I am a great believer of low carbon, low tech solutions and I love cycling because it makes so much sense on so many levels, as well as being fun!
This blog may have some structured posts about infrastructure analysis and perhaps comparison with other, more advanced countries that we can take inspiration from… but it’s mostly and simply about my passion for (bi)cycling, in going from A to B on my trusty bikes, which (crazily enough) I consider my friends of adventures!
I enjoy supporting the gentle but growing wonderful cycling culture in this city of Manchester… and that’s why Naturally Cycling: Manchester was born!
If you want to contact me, ask me anything about the blog, cycling in Manchester etc, you can reach me via this email:
ciaolc82 [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk