“Riding a Bike is as Close You Can Get to Flying Without Leaving the Ground” – Brightonian Christmas Special With Bike it Ben

Ben Sherret is a passionate cyclist who lives his life trying to inspire children to cycle. He says that he spends his christmas trying to pile on as much cycling fuel as he can. Some people can just dive into that Christmas steak without having to feel any guilt!

Tell us about what you do? I work for Sustrans, the Sustainable Transport charity and I get paid to get people riding their bikes. I still can’t believe that this is my job! It makes me smile daily…

What inspired you to do what you do? Riding my bike and finding out that it is as close to flying as you can get without leaving the ground… although I have been known to leave the ground!

What can you tell us about yourself? Everyone knows me as Bike It Ben.

Are you born and bred Brightonian? No… I was born in Weymouth. I bounced off New York and London before being drawn to the best place to live in England.

What do you like about living in Brighton? Anything goes. I’ll share a secret with you. Over half the kids in this town want to ride their bikes. I love trying to help this happen.

Favourite place in Brighton? The Undercliff, but don’t tell anyone! Or any playground where kids are laughing and riding their bikes.

Where do you go on Christmas Eve? I hang out with my family.

How do you celebrate Christmas? By trying to make up for the calories burnt riding 10,000 miles on my bike.

Favourite xmas movie? Predictable but it has to be ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.

Best Christmas present? A Raleigh Chipper in 1975.

Worst Christmas present? While working in a 24 hour garage in 1993 I was given pot noodle for Christmas lunch. Grim!

Are you making a New Year’s resolution? Yes. It is to learn to occasionally say no.

How do you celebrate New Year’s? With my lovely wife. Drinking too much.

Do you believe in Santa? What?! People don’t believe in Santa?!

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