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Velorutionaries - Elsie Martins

What do you do for a living?

I work at BBC Radio 4, working closely with radio production teams from all areas and genres. Scheduling all the variant parts together in a cohesive way is a big task, and I really love being at the centre of the jigsaw puzzle. The Radio 4 schedule is so diverse, it is endlessly fascinating.

What are you passionate about?

I’m an avid sound enthusiast and field recordist, and have an absolute passion for sound design. As a sound artist I am always looking for interesting soundscapes, and I am eager to capture atmospheres. I often record my rides, especially my morning commute. I find the bike’s mechanical rhythm combines perfectly with the varying city soundscape, embracing the array of locations you can ride through, from a gentle canal ride to the madness of the city centre traffic whizzing past you.

How long have you been a cyclist?

I’ve been cycling to work for a quite few years now, and I absolutely love it. London is an old city with higgledy- piggledy streets, narrow lanes are challenging and the bus lane is also often the cycle lane and the parking lane all at once. In central London cyclists need their wits about them. I plan my cycle route so that I use quieter streets and residential areas. I whizz passed quieter areas with pretty inner city squares, avoiding busy junctions for the most part, until I can get to dedicated cycle lanes.

What bike are you riding?

I ride a Brompton limited edition nickel, and it is wonderful. The flexibility of a fold up means I can ride anywhere and just carry the bike with me, pop it under a table, at my desk, in a café, at the pub. My bike follows me everywhere.

What appeals to you about cycling?

There’s definitely a cathartic element to riding. Whether it’s a commute through quiet London streets at the crack of dawn, or a stress relief at the end of a busy day. There’s nothing like it. Not to mention saving time and money on your commute, and getting t. It’s a no brainer. Nothing beats it for me.

How often do you ride?

I ride every day! I commute to work in the week come rain or shine and I’ll often go for a ride at the weekends.

What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?
I love to cycle by the canal, near Hackney marshes, or by the Stoke Newington reservoirs. It’s very peaceful and you forget the busy roads and mad traffic.

Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

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