Hollie with her bike

How long have you been cycling in London?

I've cycled in London for nearly a year. I can't believe I spent the first six months of my time here without a bike.

What got you into cycling?

I went on a trip to Copenhagen and fell in love with the way of life there. Cycling is obviously a huge part of that, so I decided to take a slice of Scandi life for myself by investing in a bike.

Why do you ride a bike?

There's something liberating about getting around London quickly in the open air. It also means I never have to do a spin session at the gym ever again. Yay!

Where do you cycle?

I mostly use my bike for getting to work and back. I sometimes use it for popping round to a friend's house for a cup of tea and I like to go on mini Sunday adventures when it's sunny.

What would you say to women considering cycling in London?

You can build confidence by booking onto one of TFL's cycling courses. It's a great way of keeping fit, exploring this amazing city and helping reduce our air pollution problem. Also, think about how much money you will save on transport per year - mine works out at £640 for the commute alone!

What do you like most about cycling in London?

I like knowing that I'm being proactive about not adding to the high pollution levels. I also love finding cool side streets that I wouldn't normally pass through, especially ones with dreamy houses and blossom tree lined pavements. I'm currently obsessed with Trinity Church Square in Southwark.

How does cycling make you feel?

Free! I'm not confined to a bus route or a Tube line. I like cycling to and from work because that is the time when I switch off and focus on the route ahead. Cycling is really beneficial if you live with anxiety or stress.

What bike do you ride?

Millie the Metropole is a Dutch bicycle and a damn fine looking one at that. I bought her second hand from a lovely lady on Gumtree. She's not the easiest frame to manoeuvre through city cycling but I can't bear to even think about replacing her with a nimbler model.

What helped you to cycle in London?

I fractured both my elbows at the beginning of the year and it really knocked my cycling confidence. Once I was back in good physical health, I booked onto a Cycle Skills session through the TFL website. My tutor spent a total of nearly six hours with me over two sessions. We ironed out some of my bad habits and I learnt more techniques on how to be a good, safer cyclist. We also cycled my new work commute, which was incredibly helpful as I was quite scared of cycling through Elephant & Castle and Waterloo. And this was all for free! I cannot recommend it enough.

Do you often cycle with someone?

Nope. Part of the reason I enjoy cycling is because it's a time for me to clear my head and enjoy some solo time. However, it is great that friends and family have the option to hire out a bike with Santander Cycles if they want to come along for a ride to the park.

Women's Tour

The Women's Tour arrives in London on Sunday June 11th - alongside the professional race there'll be a host of activities on the day including the Breast Cancer Care Pink Ribbon Tour and plenty of fun for the family in Trafalgar Square.