Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Jolly Old Cycling

My guidebook warns right from the start "You need a strong nerve to cycle in London's busy traffic, but it can be a great way to see the city."

The most notable thing is the lack of helmets.  90% of the cyclists I've seen are not wearing a helmet.  Watching them from the upper deck of a bus, I felt sure we were going to witness a collision with the cyclists crushed under the London transit bus' wheels.
On Tower Bridge

The Barclays rental bikes are very popular and it appears to me that most of the people riding them are not tourists but citizens of this monstrous city.  I came across a poster that claims that in the first three months of operation, there were 1.5 million uses of these bikes.  That is a lot of trips!

In the next day or so, I plan to rent one myself and if it is allowed, I'd like to ride one along the Thames.