From the Parish Priest

 

Two wheels good……!

I’ve taken to riding a bike again. I last rode regularly some fifty (actually nearer sixty) years ago on a second hand bike I got for passing the 11+ . Now I have a brand new model with more gears than I have had hot dinners.

And it takes courage to get going again. The wobbles and swerves of the early excursions really do seem to presage a mighty fall; my little legs turn into jelly at the new demands being made on the muscles; even the crash hat seems unsafe and likely to fall off at any moment.

But you just have to press down on the pedals and trust that you will stay upright and make progress. The two tyres are narrow with only a limited contact with the road, yet they will hold up the great bulk of rider and paniers in a smooth motion. The key is to believe.

Cycling (it seems) is also prudent. A piece of research done by the University of Leeds indicates that if cycling increased  to 10 per cent of all journeys by 2025 and to 25 per cent by 2050 the cumulative benefits would amount to £248bn, much of it through better health and thus NHS savings. Greater spending on roads is likely simply to increase pollution and lead to more congestion.

So as an example of faith in action, the Vicar on his bike is perfect. Look both ways to check the evidence, commit to the pedals, steer the right path, maintain the balance and ride off into the sunset, not using any fossil fuel or causing any pollution. Not only that, but actively saving the Health Service and the planet as well.

And, of course, faith in action is everywhere, and everyone belongs to a range of faith groups. You follow a football team? You bank on the internet? You jet off to an exotic location? You go to the theatre?  Whatever you or I do involves looking at the evidence, making a commitment and then embarking on the decision with confidence and gusto. Of course sometimes things go wrong – you fall off the bike. But that does not alter  the fundamental fact that everyone reading this article ( and why are you?) lives by faith just as much as the Vicar does.

Now I’m off to buy my Lycra!

 

Peter Wolfenden

 

 

 


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