Having just returned from a few days in London, I feel I need to comment on bike travel in London.
Having exhausted public transport options to get to the Excel centre for 6am, I was left with 1 option…..cycle out with all my tri kit. Not ideal given the 3hrs plus it would take to complete the triathlon, but I convinced myself it was a good warm up.
After negotiating the clubbers etc at 5.30am, I started my journey. Follow the A13 then the A1011, should be straightforward. And do you know…..it was. The easiest bike journey I have ever done. 30 mins later I’m at the excel, stress free and ready to set up.
The journey home was slightly more complex, involving trains, ferries etc, however got back to Central London, accompanied by Lynne and found that no bikes on the tube. Easy…I’ll cycle, you get the tube. 10 minutes later I’m at the hotel and no sign of Lynne. In a Top Gear challenge style, the bike won.
Over the next few days the number of commuter cyclists I saw was incredible, all sizes, all bike types and there appeared to be no apparent danger even on the busy roads.
Interestingly, all the cyclists obeyed the traffic lights, used the bike lanes where possible and seemed to command the respect of the drivers. (although I’m sure there will be drivers who curse the sight of a cyclist)
Boris is doing a fine job, the cycle hire scheme seemed well used and there are various super highways being implemented for bikes.
Refreshing to see and if you are going to London, register for the scheme and take advantage of the £1 daily charge and the first 30mins for free. It may just change your outlook.