SONG: Katie Melua - Nine Million Bicycles
I find bicycles the best transport to move in a city: you don’t have to wait in never-ending traffic jams, it is easy to park and you help to reduce CO2 emissions.
In my opinion, Santander is a city where you can cycle easily and enjoy your ride. Imagine you live in a flat in Calle Castilla and you work at an office located in Avenida de la Reina. Instead of driving to work every day, you could start to cycle. You would de exercise each morning; therefore, you would keep fit and feel better.
There’s a beautiful bicycle lane which goes along Puerto Chico and the Paseo Pereda by the sea. It’s a nice place to cycle, and while you go to work you would appreciate the lovely landscape.
Cycling instead of driving helps you to do better at work: you would be calm as the ride would have unwounded you.
In addition, it isn’t necessary to own a bicycle to make use of this transport, since there are lots of stands in Santander where you can hire bicycles. They are cheap and very useful, as you can use them the time you want and then return them to any other stand located next to you.
Although riding a bicycle in a city like Santander has got lots of advantages, there are some negative aspects too.
Bicycles are an open transport, therefore, it isn’t a comfortable experience to use them when it is very cold. Bicycles could be considered a dangerous transport, as they can slip when the road is wet. From my point of view it is very dangerous to cycle among cars on a road since the speed of a car is always higher than the maximum speed a bicycle can reach.
I would love to cycle from Maliaño to Santander with my friends and go to the beaches and parks; however, the way to go to Santander from our city is through the road, therefore, it is dangerous for people without a great ability riding bicycles, like me.
It would be perfect to have a bicycle lane to Santander where people could cycle safely.