Personality of the Month - Viv Davy, Newquay Junior School

Viv Davy

What is your job or other main activity that involves cycling?
I am a Yr 3 teacher at Newquay Junior School (part-time / job-share) and I run the Bikeability courses for all the year groups (Year 3 to year 6).

How long have you done that?
I have been teaching for 15 years, 10 of those at Newquay Junior, and set up the 1st cycling courses about 3 years ago, although our lottery funded “Awards For All” project began in April 2008.

Where do you live?
I live in Newquay, on the north coast of Cornwall.

What most encourages you about cycling where you live?
Having easy access to both on and off road cycling opportunities makes it easy to avoid using the car, as well as being able to enjoy the great Cornish outdoors whilst, hopefully, getting a healthy amount of exercise!

What most discourages you about cycling where you live?
Cornish weather can be quite unpredictable and being a busy teacher and mum, finding time isn’t easy!

How would you describe yourself as a cyclist?
Relaxed, confident, cycle for the fun of it and enjoy the downhill bits best!

What is you earliest cycling memory?
Riding a big tricycle and a little thick-tyred bike down “our hill” with the other kids on our road.

Where is the best place you have ever cycled?
Rotness Island in Australia.

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What is your greatest achievement, in terms of encouraging more people to cycle?
Getting children who have never ridden a bike to give it a go and get involved, and to giving children the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence needed to cycle more safely both on and off the road.

What single thing do you think would do most to encourage more cycling in the UK?
Create more cycle lanes to enable safer everyday cycling opportunities.

What has been your favourite cycling experience?
Having a day out cycling with family and friends on the Camel trail.

What was your worst cycling experience?
Coming off my bike, over the handle bars and crashing head first onto the road, after pedalling madly at top speed down a hill and having to break very suddenly to avoid a friend on foot; I was only 5 or 6 at the time!

What is it about using your bike that you like the most?
I like having the freedom to get from place to place out in the fresh air - especially in the summer.

The answers given are the opinion of the individual and do not necessarily reflect those of any organisation they may represent.

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