I Want To Ride My Bicycle

As I mentioned yesterday, you may have notice that summer is pretty much here. Really, I should be lounging somewhere in the sun, not wearing very much. But I have this love affair with food (affair? It’s the longest relationship I’ve ever had) which means I don’t suit skimpy beachwear.

But another joy of summer is that it’s cycling weather. On yer bike, and all that. I need some encouragement – London is a terrifying cycling experience, and I don’t much like leaving the house. So good news: I can fit my mountain bike in the back of my new car! Hurrah – get out to the country with the bike.

But should I want to cycle in the city, there is encouragement there too. The famous “Boris Bike” scheme makes bikes accessible to all, and whilst I have never used them myself (I have my own bike, and therefore have no need for hiring one), they seem to have been a great success with the general public.

Image from The Bike-sharing Blog

And TFL have now set up the London Cycle Challenge 2011 – you can sign up, join a team (get your workplace or school/college to set one up) or set up you own team of friends and family, then between 18th June – 18th July, you can log the miles you cycle. Miles equate to points, and of course, points mean prizes. Find out more on the TFL website.

Not a cycling commuter and want some ideas of where to cycle in London for pleasure? No problem. TFL are here to help again – they are supplying free paper maps for different areas of London, each map with many different route suggestions. Order them here.

And finally: please stay safe. They design some pretty cool helmets nowadays, and you can get neon reflective stickers in a multitude of designs (I have them in the shape of pawprints. Hurrah!) Lights at night, and try not to weave in traffic too much. Oh, and have fun!!

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4 thoughts on “I Want To Ride My Bicycle

    • They look pretty good, really. Obviously, there are limits (I wonder how tall you’d have to be to be TOO tall for them, rather than too dinky!), but I think there will always be difficulties suiting everyone.
      I hear they’re going to make a loss for many years to come, though?

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  1. Not sure about the helmet advice. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that they put cyclists at greater risk by encouraging cars to pass closer, & create a false sense of safety in the cyclist. They are useless any type of collision, & are only tested to be effective for a standing fall. In fact make more sense for pedestrians to wear them!

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    • I think nurses on the brain injury ward would tell you quite differently – whilst helmets won’t protect you from all damage from a fall, they will soften the blow. Helmets are designed specifically for that reason. I think the argument against wearing bicycle helmets come from the same school of thought as the pro-smoking brigade – they are pretty weak arguments, and the pros of helmet wearing far outweighs the costs. Have a read: http://www.cyclehelmets.org/1159.html There are many other studies of this ilk!

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