On my bike: Josie Dew

We spoke to Cycling UK vice president, Josie Dew, about life behind (handle) bars

Why do you cycle?

Because it’s the funnest and fastest and most practical way for me to get around. I’ve been cycling all my life. If I don’t cycle, I don’t feel normal.

How far do you ride each week?

Pre-children I rode around 450 miles a week. With children, about 200-250 miles.

Which of your bikes is your favourite?

I still love my Roberts Roughstuff bikes as they’ve taken me all over the world. But my favourite at the moment, for carting about offspring, is my Circe Helios Triplet.

What do you always take with you?

Ortlieb bar bag and panniers for shopping and children’s clobber.

Who mends your punctures?

I do. Or, if I ask nicely, Gary (my husband).

It’s raining: bike, public transport, or car?

Bike! I like all conditions – apart from ice.

Lycra or normal clothes?

Normal. Though I wear Lycra shorts sometimes.

If you had £100 to spend on cycling, what would you get?

New Exposure lights. I’m into daytime flashing!

What’s your favourite cycle journey?

Ones without time restraints. Alaska to Patagonia – that sort of thing.

What would most improve matters for UK cyclists?

Smaller cars, slower speeds. More driver education.