“I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike,
“I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like.”
It is weird. London is known for being a very traffic congested city, and yet, having been cycling through it to work from Cannon Street over the last couple of weeks, it seems there are great swathes of unused roads, which make cycling actually very easy. This is also not to mention the back alleys, newly dedicated cycle runs and and “Dead end to cars but not to cyclists” roads that tucked away all through our fine City.
Now, whether this emptiness is due to Congestion Charging or some other reason I’m unaware of, my city never fails to impress me. I’ve lived here pretty much all my life, and yet I’m still finding parts of it that are new, shiny and impressive to me. Cycling around gives me insight into parts of it that I have never see due to taking the Tube everywhere. This isn’t to knock the Tube at all, or the DLR, as I love both, but it is rather freeing to be under your own steam, and knowing that the only delays you will suffer are normally down to red lights. (Yep, I’m obeying them, nothing annoys me more than a cyclist who jumps the lights, mowing down the pedestrians in their path!) So far, it’s going well, although I nearly got killed twice on Friday by speedy and inconsiderate left turning Drivers. Bah. I want a hardball cannon to fit to my handlebars! That’ll teach ’em! 😉
However, in my new found evangelism, I’ve joined the London Cycling Campaign so that these bad drivers can be educated, and the roads (which are appaulingly pot-holed!) are made better. I’m trying to work my legs most days, which HURTS!!! Mind you, I need to get fit, so I can keep up with my wonderful Man and his cycle!