Nick Cordon should get himself a bicycle (Letters last week). I cycle just over 11km to work on a Brompton folding bicycle in 30 minutes. Colleagues manage journeys of up to 20km in under an hour.
Cordon could hang up a suit at work and keep a pair of smart shoes under his desk if he is worried about wearing out the seat of his trousers. With mudguards, a set of waterproofs for rainy days and a little training he should be able to complete the journey without getting too muddy, wet, or breaking into an obscene sweat.
As he peddles to work, Cordon can also take satisfaction in the fact that his bicycle will have cost a fraction of his annual petrol bill or of a season travel pass.
If his employer agrees to help buy him a bike, Cordon can get it VAT and income tax-free, or about 40% below normal retail price - details at www.cyclescheme. co. uk.
Danielle Deudney, danielle.d@virgin. net