Q + A with Annie Blakie

Inline skater, Annie Blakie, of Dunedin. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Inline skater, Annie Blakie, of Dunedin. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
WHAT KIND OF TRIPS DO YOU MAKE?

The trips I generally make are in the weekend. I like to skate down the cycle path to the harbour basin where I do my coaching. It normally takes about 40 minutes, which is ideal for endurance.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT IT?

What I enjoy the most about commuting via skating is the exercise and the time that you get to spend outside. Being early in the morning, when I skate, I also get to see the sunrise, which is great but you also feel great at the end.

WHAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER TO GET AROUND?

Possibly sweeping the cycle track of gravel and bark chips, if too large they can trip you up. Not only for skaters but also for other commuters, such as skateboarders etc. Another way is to smooth out the road down by the marina, which is very bumpy and makes it difficult to skate on.

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

Maybe having someone go down the path every couple of days and just sweeping everything to the side. This will reduce the risk of people getting injured and make the trip a lot easier.

 

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