If you didn’t know already, London is definitely peddle happy! A great way to see the city, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get around on two wheels as oppose to four. If you’re sick of the tube and fed up of spending half your day underground, why not get kitted up and join the cyclists out there. It also makes you realize how close everything is, and how small London actually is as a city. A word of advice for example – never get the tube from Leicester Square to Covent Garden, as they are literally a stone’s throw from each other! Here are a few top tips to enjoy cycling in London.
Wear a helmet!
Pink, purple, silver and gold – there’s a helmet to suit everyone! Whether you like it or not, London is a bustling city and you will have to stare danger in the face once in a while whilst cycling around! So be careful, think before acting and get clued up on your safety. Helmets also keep your head dry when it’s raining, can be used to store things on your desk whilst at work, and can also make nice hats for shopping..
Check out TFL
There are some great places to cycle around London, and TFL can pick out the most cycle friendly routes to take around the capital. For example, Regents Canal is a great place to cycle along and parks like Victoria Park are good for a bit of fresh air. Check out http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/11598.aspx for further details.
Get a mac in a pack
Yes people, we are in Britain, the country where if it doesn’t rain, it pours. Make sure you are well prepared for the weather with a good old mac in a pack. They also come in a wide variety of colours and patterns for pure comedy value!
Watch out for bendy buses
These little blighters are dangerous business. Don’t go down the left side of them as you’re sure to get caught on a corner, and the back part of the bus tends to swing round and catch you unawares! Respect the buses/taxis, and they will respect you!
Red lights = stop
Follow the rules of the road and this will keep you out of trouble (you really don’t want to become another of the ghost bikes around town). If you stay confident, you can’t go wrong.
Cycle hire around London
From Summer 2010, London will be following in the footsteps of the likes of Paris and Amsterdam to offer tourists a cycle scheme. This clever little gem will allow you to pick up a bike from one of the many docking stations around London to provide a brilliant alternative to the bus/tube.
Don’t serenade your cycle buddy whilst cycling
Believe me, this is not a good idea..