Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Cycling Docs

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Cycling Docs

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Byline: By Helen Rae

These dashing doctors have swapped their cars for crash helmets and luminous jackets to visit their patients.

Rather than using a four-wheeled vehicle, Dr Brian Smith and Dr Chris Lee regularly hop on their saddles to do their house calls.

The GPs, from the Park Parade Surgery in Whitley Bay, pedal dozens of miles every week to deliver their expertise.

Father-of-four Dr Smith, 40, said: "It's definitely a great way to travel about when I'm doing my calls. It's much easier to park a bike than a car because you can just chain it to a lamp-post and forget about it.

"It's also quicker because you can avoid any traffic jams so in a way it's more reliable."

The doctors started using their bikes more than two years ago and travel an average of three miles a day ( but that's after they've cycled from their homes.

"It's a great way to get exercise and I have become much fitter," said Dr Lee, of Forest Hall. …

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