I just couldn’t have afforded it that first month, not a chance. Without the free bus pass I just wouldn’t have been able to keep this job. I don’t drive so I’d have paid out the £3.50 each day until my money ran out, but then that would have been it.
I popped along this lunchtime and picked up an Onguard Bulldog STD-8010 Keyed Shackle Lock (currently £20 on Amazon) in exchange for an old (and not very secure) cable lock. This is all very generous, and I hope that it helps people to lock up their bikes securely and discourage theft.