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Pedal power: Cycling Culcavy mum doing school run on two wheels after ditching car

Pedal power: Cycling Culcavy mum doing school run on two wheels after ditching car

On two wheels: Jade with Erin (right) and Nora. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Giving up the car to cycle instead is something many…

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On two wheels: Jade with Erin (right) and Nora. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Giving up the car to cycle instead is something many people talk themselves out of, especially when they live in the countryside.

But mum-of-two Jade Berman refuses to let living in a rural area stop her hopping on an e-tandem with daughters Nora (6) and Erin (5).

The school run — a seven-mile journey on country roads from their home in Culcavy to Moira — now happens on two wheels.

Jade, the acting manager of Climate NI, said: “In the last 15 months, I have cycled more than 4,000km with two kids on the back of my e-tandem, mostly doing the school run. That’s 4,000km of fuel for a car I didn’t need to buy, compared with the pennies needed to change the battery for the bike.

“I live rurally. Prior to lockdown, we were a two-car family, but my new job working for Climate NI and working from home allowed us to think a little about what is possible.

“In September this year, we sold one of our cars to become a one car and biking family.

“But within a week, we rapidly became a no-car family after a car accident finished off our car. Daily Headlines & Evening Telegraph Newsletter Receive today’s headlines directly to your inbox every morning and evening, with our free daily newsletter.“My husband invested in a bus pass and a fold-up bike to get to work in Newry, while I mostly worked from home […]

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